Deer Park’s HOSA club is hosting a blood drive by partnering with MD Anderson. The event will be held in the girl’s gym at DPHS South on November 3rd from 8:00AM to 3:30PM.
Many patients are in need of blood, and one person’s donation can help several people. “Eighty percent of patients require blood transfusions. Just one donation can save up to three lives.” Jessica Repman, HOSA supervisor, said.
This is potentially a life-saving event. The process of donating is quite simple and doesn’t last too long. The whole ordeal only lasts about an hour, however, it may take longer if the person that has donated does not feel well.
To give blood, first sign up with MD Anderson and get scheduled with HOSA. “When [Donors] come to check in everything is already done, and they can just get started with the pre-screening and the blood donation.” Repman explained.
The process is regulated to fit the needs of those receiving blood as well as the safety of those who donate. In order to make things run smoothly, it is a scheduled event that people over the age of seventeen and at least 110 pounds can participate in.
Any student donors who are in school at the time will be taken from their class.