HOSA and MRC host September Blood Drive Donor goals exceeded—4 gallons collected

To assist with blood shortages in Las Vegas, Future Health Professionals (HOSA) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) held one of its three yearly Blood Drives at school on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“There has been a huge increase in accidents involving people who are injured and we need a lot of blood to help solve these issues. We’re doing this to fill the need due to all the accidents lately,” HOSA Blood Drive Chairman Danijel Zekanovic said.

Participants were required to be 17 years of age and meet the height/weight requirements to ensure safety during the blood donation process.  

“All of the [Blood Drive] representatives were very nice, so I didn’t feel anxious about it. I was really scared, but I was able to push through my anxiety because I knew I was saving lives,” senior Marissa Villarosa said.

The Blood Drive attracted 30 donors this year, exceeding its 25-person goal. Certain participants did not meet the height/weight requirements and could not donate, however.

“We’ve had more kids donate this year than ever. Danijel has gone out and contacted them personally,” HOSA adviser Mrs. Vicki Smith said.

This year’s drive yielded approximately 4 gallons of blood to be donated to various medical facilities throughout the region.

“The Blood Drive impacts a lot. Without it, I don’t think we could save anybody’s life during an accident,” Blood Drive Representative Carlos Urbano said.

Additional Blood Drives were held on July 7 and August 18 of this year in honor of Custodian Ms. Martha, who was in need of blood donations.

“For every pint that we donate, we save four lives. Donating blood is a service that we need to give back to the community,” Smith said.