Mountain View hosted a blood drive at the auditorium on December 5th to collect blood.
Christmas is the season for giving. When most people think of giving, they picture presents wrapped with bows and tape galore. How many folks image blood bags and needles?
The fact is, an alarming number of people require blood. The only place to get the human blood necessary is from other humans. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, it is illegal to take it by force. As such, kind people are needed to sacrifice their own blood for the sake of others.
Lauren Roberts is one of those people. It was her first time donating, but she “[wasn’t] really” nervous about it. She said that what she was doing was a good thing.
The donors weren’t the only heroes who helped, though. Workers and volunteers, students and Red Cross nurses alike, were given the task to retrieving the prize and making the donors as comfortable and calm as possible.
A student volunteer, Romissa Leiva, was found at the scene. Her job was to check people in and give them a sticker. “I love it,” she said. She loved “knowing [she was] helping someone else.
Lyssa Winkler, worker, had the job of a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist is someone who has been trained to draw blood from a patient. She said, “[My favorite part is] being able to help people help others.”
It’s refreshing to watch the community come together to help serve people they don’t know.