Students Donate Blood to Help Community

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 4:34pm

Community members and students at El Dorado High School spent their day donating blood to help with the blood shortage in our area.

The United Blood Services says blood donations are always down in the summer months and 65% of all blood donations in El Paso come from high school students.

The city of El Paso needs at least 175 pints of blood on hand every day to keep up with demand because one in every five patients admitted into the hospital require a blood transfusion.

El Dorado High School student Natalie Toro says today is her third time donating and encourages more young adults to do the same.

"Our blood is usually the cleanest because we are so young and fresh. We are usually not the ones getting into trouble and drinking alcohol. We are also the ones who are the healthiest, so its important for us because our blood goes the farthest,"Toro said.

Throughout the month of August the United Blood Services is holding a raffle for donors. Prizes include Dallas Cowboy tickets with airfare and a $500 back to school gift card.

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