The Paw Print
Cold Hands, Warm HeartsMonday, March 21, 2011 By Jenae Troup
On Wednesday, February 23, C-L Student Council hosted its annual Red Cross Blood Drive , and the turnout was great. “Clarion-Limestone was able to donate around 30 units of blood” as reported by Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Simpson. We had many parents come in to donate, such as Celeste Rombold, and Joanne Callen, and a lot of students supported the Red Cross as well. Some students were able to donate double the usual one pint. A Double Red is when the donor gives two pints, and to stifle the side effects, (dizziness, queasiness) platelets are returned to the body after the first pint of blood is removed. While the Red Cross normally likes to receive three Double Reds, C-L was only able to donate two, due to the time constraints of the normal school day. I spoke with one of the “double” donors, Brad Lutz, asking him why he wanted to donate double the amount. Brad said “Even though it was my first time giving blood, I wanted to do the Double Red because I wanted to be able to give as much blood to help that I could.” Only two people donated Double Reds, but their blood was enough to give help to cover those who couldn’t donate. After the donors are finished, they must rest for 15 minutes, and eat a snack to regain their strength lost during their donation. Blood drives are a great way to help those in need. You never know when the Red Cross’ services many come to your rescue, and with all the chaos in the world, we could use the extra help.