Chavez Blood Drive


CCHS Junior Tori Ross saves lives by giving blood.

Osvaldo Gonzalez and Geneca Hout

Cesar Chavez High school hosts numerous blood drives such as American Red Cross and Delta Blood Bank throughout the school year. Students who attend these blood drives are advised to sign waivers and meet requirements in order to donate blood. In order to donate, you must be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent, and weight at least 110 pounds. These blood drives happen about every three to four months. During this process, volunteers from the Health SLC join in and help assist donors. After donating blood, the blood is then tested and given to other blood banks across the nation.

Blood banks distribute the blood to areas that are in crisis in need of blood, such as hospitals or natural disaster areas. Although all blood is made of the same basic elements, not all blood is alike. The most blood commonly used/looked for is Type O. Type O can be used for anyone and everyone due to its universal traits. Donating Blood guarantees you shall save a life.

The goal of the blood drives are to collect around 75 units of blood. Each unit equals one pint. Some pints of blood is disposed because of either diseases or drug use in the blood. This stops Blood banks from reaching their goal on how many units they need. However, CCHS has met their goal of 75 units each drive this year.