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Stanford asking for blood donors

Original post made by Carol, Palo Verde School, on Mar 7, 2007

Please think about being a blood donor.

I am English and although I gave blood many times before I moved to the US, I am not able to give blood here in case my blood has mad cow disease (?) otherwise I would donate. It is painless, takes a short time and is a very easy way of doing something very worthwhile which gives you a "feel good" feeling of helping out. After all, you never know when you or a loved one may need someone else's blood.

My daughter has also tried to donate, but although she has never lived in England, she has not been allowed to donate either because the number of times she has visited the UK has put her blood "at risk" too. There are so many people whose blood is not wanted that for those who can donate, it is doubly helpful to do so.

Thank you.

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 7, 2007 at 10:18 am

There is a critical shortage of blood right now, I responded to the call last night. I did more than donate blood, I donated platlettes (sp) too. That's a longer procedure that allowed me to relax and watch a long movie while the process was going on. In the end I was given the royal treatment of lying in my chair and finishing my movie, while the nurses fussed over me and brought me cookies and juice. It was real rough.

Please, if you CAN donate, consider doing it. It is one way that you can feel REALLY appreciated. :)

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Posted by gunn senior
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 8, 2007 at 3:12 pm

You're Just in Luck!

The Stanford Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at Gunn High School on March 23 (Friday) between the hours of 8:30 am and 2:30 pm. It will be on campus at the Student Activities Center (SAC). All donors should bring an official ID card with them. Drinks and snacks will be served by volunteers, including myself, and each donor will walk away with a FREE AMC movie ticket.

To Donate you must be:
-Between the ages of 16 and 74 yrs old (16 yr olds need parental consent)
-Be free of serious cold/flu symptoms
-At least 110 pounds
other requirements listed @ Web Link

Please help save lives!!!
-Every donation can save multiple lives (white blood cells, platelets, and other componenets of blood are used)
-Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood
-25% of the Bay Area's blood supply is imported from other regions in the US (tornadoes, hurricanes, or cold weather in the east affects our blood supply)
-Experience new techonology! Donors can choose to use new machines that can take double the number of red blood cells while recycling plasma back into the body (FREE T-SHIRT INCLUDED)

@ Gunn High School in the 'Student Activities Center'
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Friday March 23
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Bring ID

Support our community and save lives!

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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 8, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Just a side note: The Stanford Blood Bank has better cookies than the Red Cross, if that sort of thing is important to you. But regardless, please donate if you can!

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 10, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Give your old car to charity and take a tax writeoff. If you could write off the retail value of a pint of blood there would be no shortage. Since the gratification is delayed, there would not be the same hazard as when paying cash for blood and attracting unhealthy folk. Everyone else in the blood chain quite correctly collects a salary, so this policy would properly acknowledge the value of the donation with more than cookies and pins.
My brother died waiting for a kidney.

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