ASG sponsors Saddleback blood drive

Photo by: Matt Corkill Dan Carlson, 21 helps to save lives by donating at the ASG Blood Drive

Photo by: Matt Corkill
Dan Carlson, 21, helps to save lives by donating at the ASG Blood Drive.

Saddleback College’s Associated Student Government is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday in the Student Services Center’s Room 212 and Wednesday in the Gaucho Lounge from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Appointments can be made for donations but walk-ins are accepted.

“I try to donate every eight weeks because donating can save up to three lives. It is a quick procedure and an easy way to help others,” Maddie Hernandez, communications major, said.

It is recommended that people eat a full breakfast before donating blood and do not engage in excessive exercise after donating. Snacks and beverages will be provided for blood donors in a resting area that they are recommended to sit in for 15 to 30 minutes after donating blood.

“I just do it to do it because I figure I’m not really losing much, just a little bit of blood and I help a bunch of people,” Dan Carlson, 21, history major said. “I got a phone call that said my last donation saved three lives, so I figure ten minutes if worth three lives.”

There are some restrictions and qualifications in order to donate. The American Red Cross website list of examples that will restrict an individual  from donating.

Students have to be at least 17 years old to participate. All students are encouraged to donate and those who do will be entered in a raffle.

Be The Match foundation will also be present for those interested in registering to their bone marrow registry. For more information on Be The Match, visit their website.