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OP Blood Drive

Carlo Lutero, Staff Writer

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The Oratory Student Council is partnering with the American Red Cross again this year and will be hosting a blood drive next week on Tuesday, November 7th, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. As per usual, there are incentives as donors will be offered complimentary bagels, snacks, and drinks as a reward for their generous donations and time.

According to redcrossblood.org, in order to be eligible to donate blood, one must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Be in good general health and feeling well on the day of donation
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds if you are 5’ or taller
    • 118 pounds if you are 4’10”
    • 114 pounds if you are 4’11”

If you are a student interested in donating, please contact Mr. Martin, Patrick Heffernan or Fernando Aviles to schedule an appointment and receive a permission form to be signed by your parents. If you are a parent interested in donating or anyone that may have any further questions, simply contact Mr. Martin at wmartin@oratoryprep.org.

 

That said, the Oratory Student Council encourages all students and parents that are eligible to donate to participate, as it is for a great cause, and your donation could help save lives: a single donation can save as many as three lives. In past years, we have have been able to provide more than 100 units of blood for local hospitals and their patients. Although last year saw a drop in numbers–only obtaining 83 units of blood–we are hopeful that you, and those you may inform of the drive, will help us reach our goal of 100 units (or more!) this year.

Remember: life is precious, and bagels are good. We hope to see you there!

Photo Credit: Red Cross

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