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38. Blood Drive at Civic Center
The local university blood center had a blood
today at the Civic Center auditorium. Almost 300
showed up, but about 50 were turned away
various medical reasons. Fifty others left because the
were moving so slowly. The event concluded at
p.m., three hours after the scheduled close. It
a long day for everyone—administrators, nurses, and donors.
there were plenty of chairs and tables, and
people brought their own books, magazines, or newspapers.
first thing the donors had to do, of
, was fill out the donor registration and screening
. When they finished filling out the form, they
until a nurse called them to her desk.
average adult body contains 8 to 12 pints
blood. Donors can give one pint at a
. It takes your body 2 to 4 weeks
replace this amount. Most donors filled up the
bag within 5 to 10 minutes.
donors received a sheet of instructions including: Do
lift any heavy objects for 12 hours. Leave
pressure bandage on for 2-3 hours. Do not
for at least 30 minutes. Avoid alcohol for
rest of the day. Do not do any
activity for 24 hours.
"I wish I could
and kiss all the volunteers that are here
," said Martha, the blood center donor recruiter. "Many
underestimate the importance of what they're doing. They
it is no big deal, but it is
big deal. Their blood is actually saving lives,
other people to live. We cannot thank them
for that, nor can the recipients.”