By Brian Hernandez, Staff Writer
Verbum Dei High School will host its third and final blood drive of the school year for students, faculty, and staff who wish to donate blood on Friday, May 17, between 8:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M.
“During the blood drive there will be snacks and drinks provided to keep blood donation participants hydrated and also to help them get their energy back after the process,” said Jeff Bonino-Britsch, Vice President of Operations. Bonino-Britsch has coordinated many blood drives in his association with the Social Justice Club on campus.
“The [donors of the] class which donates the most blood will receive free dress along with a choice of a free t-shirt or pint of ice cream coupon [from Cedars-Sinai Blood Services],” said Bonino-Britsch. “There will also be a raffle going on for every person who donates; each donor will get a raffle ticket with his or her specific number on it, and there will be two $25 raffle prizes.”
“[In the student population,] only sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be donating; they are the only students who can donate because of the age requirements,” said Bonino-Britsch. If parents and family members donate they will receive one hour of service per donation, said Bonino-Britsch.
There is also a weight minimum of 136 pounds, and those who plan of donating have to bring their ID, said Bonino-Britsch. Sixteen year olds need completed permission slips; however, students 17 and older may donate without permission slips.
The senior class, likely still stinging from its loss to the junior class for the coveted free-dress prize for the most pints donated, has a new resolve to have a strong showing.
“I plan on donating because it’s an easy way to save lives, and all I have to do is lay down,” said senior (and frequent donor) Shawn Loera.
“I want to donate to save lives, plus I have plenty of blood, so giving one pint won’t hurt me,” said senior Kaleb Dean.
“I have always donated blood everytime there’s a blood drive,” said senior (and frequent donor) Khalid Nelms. “I want to help those who are in need of it, and possibly save lives.”
“The goal for the upcoming blood drive is to get over 60 pints of blood,” said Bonino-Britsch. “We always get close to our set goals but never meet them; however, our original goal is to hit 100 pints per year, and this last blood drive should get us to that goal.”
UPDATE: As of May 7, sign-ups for blood donation have been numerous: 12 seniors, 35 juniors, five sophomores, and two faculty/staff.