Community donates blood at UCLA drive

Kelly Loeb

Students and faculty members donated blood to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center Nov. 14.

The event was the first of two blood drives this year on the upper school campus. In order to donate, students had to be at least 16 years old. Students 16 years of age were required to have a parental consent form signed prior to donating.

Students signed up for time slots throughout the week and donated in Chalmers all day Friday. Blood donated will supply The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Westwood and Santa Monica facilities.

Before getting their blood drawn, donors were asked questions about their health and given some information about the donation. After getting their blood type tested, students were ready to give blood. Donors also received a variety of food and drinks including pizza, brownies, cookies, sandwiches and candy.

Donated blood is split into three components: whole blood, platelets and plasma, which go to three separate people and have the opportunity to save three lives.

“I donated blood because I thought it was a great opportunity and wanted to help others,” Yoko Everard ’16 said.