ASB holds annual blood drive to support American Red Cross

Almost 60 Marshfield students and teachers joined the American Red Cross on Thursday, October 22 to donate blood.
The annual fall blood drive is a competition between North Bend High School and Marshfield, which has been going on and off for several years.

Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President Cameron Trujillo played a large role in planning the event.

“It’s [the competition] whoever has the most pints of blood at the end that wins,” Trujillo said.

The ASB program, according to Trujillo, is responsible for advertising the event, signing up donors and setting up and working during the drive.

Trujillo said the event was successful, and she was happy with the outcome, although Marshfield fell short to North Bend, ultimately losing the competition. However, the drive still allowed the American Red Cross to acquire over 60 pints of blood.

According to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can save up to three lives and since blood cannot be manufactured, 100 percent of the blood used in transfusions comes from donors.

The American Red Cross will hold two additional blood drives this year, with one in the winter and one in the spring.

To donate blood, a donor must be 16 years of age, with parental consent, or older and pass a minimum height and weight requirement.