By Luis Medina
Campus life editor
Desert Blood Services held a blood drive at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert.
The COD blood drive was held on Monday October 22 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m in the Craven Students Center multipurpose room. Students could sign up at the health services or set up an appointment to donate to the community blood bank.
The atmosphere was upbeat and students seemed excited to help others. The blood that was gathered can be stored for 42 days, according to phlebotomist Clarissa Parker.
Donated blood is shared with other blood banks in the area, going to patients at Eisenhower Medical Center, Palo Verde Hospital, and Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital in Twenty-nine Palms.
Blood can be donated three times a year and one pint of blood can save as many as four lives.
The rarest type, according to Parker, is O-negative. The blood bank is always in need of that type because it can go to anyone in need of blood. Donations usually take 15 minutes, with the entire process lasting about half an hour.
The process was much faster for those who had an appointment. After donating, donors must wait 15 minutes to determine if they’re feeling well. There were also free snacks, bottled water and new Blood Drive shirts. In addition to doing a good deed, donors receive numerous incentives for each donation.
There were some students like Diego Kedzior who said, “I want to donate, but they tell me my iron is too low.” The blood collected from this event could possibly save up to 114 lives.