Local Blood Drive Opens Donating Opportunities in the Community


Graphic by Claire Stafford

Blood donations are essential for the success of modern healthcare. Giving blood can help save many lives.

Claire Stafford, Opinion Editor

The American Red Cross, a non-profit humanitarian organization, is constantly looking for people to help assist them in filling the persistent  need for blood. On October 26, members of the community have the opportunity to do just that, by donating blood at the District Office in San Juan Capistrano.

“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood,” said the American Red Cross.

Blood donations can help all kinds of patients, such as those who suffered from an accident, burns, trauma injuries and those with chronic illnesses.

The District Office in San Juan Capistrano is hosting a blood drive on October 26 to help make it easier for people to donate. Individuals above the age of 18, or the age of 16, with the consent of their guardian, are welcome to donate.  While all blood types are accepted and appreciated, types O- and O+ are especially helpful, as it can be given to almost anyone in need. However, it isn’t necessary to know your blood type before donating. Per request, donors can find out their blood type after the donation. .

To guarantee the safety of both the recipients and the donors, the American Red Cross asks individuals to donate only if they haven’t recently been sick or are currently sick, are maintaining their iron level, weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated blood in the last 56 days. 

People who would like to participate in the blood drive are asked to make a reservation on Red Cross Blood. After doing so, the entire donation process lasts about one hour, including rest time after the blood has been withdrawn. The actual donation itself is only about 8 to 10 minutes. In return for their donation, participants will also receive a $10 eGift Card. Participating in this blood drive is one way to give back to the community and help those in need.