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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, DeC, 5, 2012 1B RE GI 0 NAL Nervous first-timer Kayla Irwin, 16, at left, and second- time donor Kyonna Carey, 17, await their turns to donate blood. Carey said she's donating because of "the fact that I know I'm saving somebody." Photo by Laura Beaton Friends (from left) Bethany Rouse, 16, Tort Beeson, 17, and Madison Hokanson, 17, wait their turns to donate blood. "You can save three lives with just one donation," said Rouse. "1 like giving blood," said three- time donor Beeson. "It takes an hour out of your day and saves lives." Hokanson, who is "totally into science" has always wanted to donate but was away or too young at previous blood drives. Photo by Laura Beaton Shannia Barnes, 16, rests after donating blood Nov. 27 at Quincy High School. "it was interesting," she said, "'cause I've never done it before." Barnes said she donated because she wants to help people. Photo by Laura Beaton Quincy High student Daniel Haygood, 16, is about to donate blood for the first time ever: "The anticipation's killing me," he said Nov. 27 during the S-Club Local blood coordinator Judy Wrighl;'(left) disusses future blood drive. Photo by drives with regional United Blood Services donor recruitment Laura Beaton representative Jan McKee inside the Quincy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo courtesy Susan Christensen Donors of all ages roll up their sleeves for blood drive Laura Beaton hospital volunteer. Staff Writer She estimates that 70 = I0 :" Ibeaton@plumasnews.com donors give blood at each dri: ve. Donors range in age from D 16, the minimum age allowed, onating blood may be one into their 80s. "Easily a third of the most generous acts one to a half of our donors are re- human can do for another, tired," she said. For many high school stu- "I think it's an extremely ira- dents who participated in the portant service that people do. Service Club blood drive Nov. It's a very unselfish thing -- to 27, it was the first time they donate their own blood with- could legally donate their out knowing who it's going to. lifeblood. "That's why I keep doing it," Quincy High School held one Wright explained. She spends of its thrice-yearly blood dri- many hours planning and or- ves in its small gym last Tues- ganizing each blood drive. day. In addition to securing the $ccording to Jan McKee, church facilities, she coordi- United Blood Services of nates volunteer efforts by Reno's donor recruitment rep- church and community mem- resentative, the blood drive bers Who bake cookies and i surpassed expectations, with treats and also provide water i37 students giving blood, and juice for donors. S-Club advisor Nicole She said she makes sure that iYoacham credits the five S- the facility offers blood bank iClub officers for its success: technicians everything they !Natalie Kepple, Kyle Morgan, need to keep each drive run- i Isabella Brandes, Kendal Hicks ning smoothly and efficiently. ::and Ava Hagwood. Wright oversees the entire : Students took time out from operation, which takes at least itheir elective classes to donate, eight hours from when the and received a T-shirt and a workers from Reno arrive to !sense of fulfillment in knowing when they leave. ithat their blood helps saves United Blood Services  : !lives in return. United Blood Services of i UBS phlebotomists skillfully Phlebotomist Leah Aranda attends to Quincy High School junior Jennifer Macias, who is donating for the second time ever. She Reno is a nonprofit community idrew blood from donors who said she donated because she "felt like being a nice person." Photo by Laura Beaton blood center that provides iwere often nervous, but always Other S-Club projects the Wassail Bowl on Dec. 14. LDS quarterly blood drives years ago. blood and blood products for :willing. The blood drive is only one Another organization McK- Wright credits friend Susan local area hospitals through- of many service projects the S- Helping other people ee partners with is the Church Christensen with boosting the out the U.S. iBlood donations save lives Club tackles, according to ad- Sophomore Shannia Barnes of Latter-day Saints in Quincy, productivity of the blood dri- UBS exists "to make a differ- ence in people's lives by bring- Each unit of donated blood visor Yoacham. summed up what most stu- which sponsors four donations yes in the last five to six years ingtogether the best people, :can potentially save three "Our goal is to take on pro- dents answered when asked yearly under the oversight of by getting the word out to ser- :lives, according to McKee. And jects that benefit the communi- why theywere donating blood: Judy Wright. vice groups, organizations, inspiring individuals to donate !like that of many blood banks, ty," she said. In addition to "I want to help people." Its most recent drive oc- businesses and the communi- blood, producing a safe and !Reno's need for blood products providing safety monitors for Barnes, a member of the curredyesterday, Dec. 4. ty. ample blood supply, advancing ::usually increases during holt- events such as Safe Trick or -------- Christensen sends email no- cutting-edge research and em- !days and wintertime, making Treat, the club recently hosted American Red Cross blood donor and recipient smideUnes tifications and posts fliers ad- bracing continuous quality im- !this drive particularly impor- a Thanksgiving Day communi- vertising the blood drives, provement," according to its :tant. ty dinner at the high schooI. Type You can give blood to You can receive blood from while Wright makes phone website, unitedbloodser- McKee notes that it is not The event was co-sponsored A+ A+ AB+ + A- O+ O- calls reminding donors of their vices.org. just accident victims who need by Soroptimist International of O+ D+ A+ B+ AB+ 3+ O- appointment times, calls regu- UBS provides services to pa- blood; many others need it for Quincy, which donated food B+ B+ AB+ B+ B- O+ O- lar donors to see if they want tients in more than 500 hospi- surgeries, transfusions and for the dinner that about 60 AB+ AB+ Everyone to schedule an appointment, tals in 18 states. More than 25 other medical procedures, community members enjoyed, and also posts fliers, million people depend on UBS' "High school donors are ex- The S-Club has a couple of A- A+ A- AB+ AB- - O- Wright recalled that the first volunteer blood donors and tremely important," McKee upcoming events scheduled, O- Everyone 3- time she donated blood was in their staff to make sure blood said, "because they are 22 per- including judging a door deco- B- B+ B- AB+ AB- B- O- the high school's library some is available when and where it cent of our total blood draw. So rating contest at the county AB- ,B+ AB- ,B- A- B- O- ' 30 years ago. She said she was is needed. many of our regular donors do- courthouse and acting as San- inspired by one of her sons, UBS rep McKee said that do- nated for the first time in high ta's elves at the Sparkle event   who told her he had just donat- nations from Plumas County school." Dec. 7 in Quincy. QHS basketball team, even sac- Wright, a retired personnel ed blood, have diminished in the past McKee said she has part- Another upcoming event rificed basketballpractice that specialist at Plumas Unified Since then, Wright has couple of years, making the neredwithQHSandtheS-Club that Yoacham's culinary arts afternoon, as students are ad- School District, took over been an active blood donor, county's blood drives even for nine years: as long as she students, many of them S-Club vised by UBS to take it easy management of the quarterly She began helping Garrish more valuable. has been working at the Reno members, will take part in is a and not exercise strenuously blood drives in Quincy from run the blood drives in To learn more about donat- bloodbank, gingerbread house display at after donating. Connie Garrish about 12 the '90s, when she became a ing blood, go to the UBS website or call 800-696-4484.