The Red Cross blood drive makes a third appearance at West Linn high school on April 14

This drive is only available for seniors and select juniors, and will be in a Red Cross vehicle, rather than the school gymnasium

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The Red Cross blood drive makes a third appearance at West Linn high school on April 14

West Linn student donates blood in a previous blood drive. This year WLHS is hosting a third blood drive specifically for seniors and select juniors.

West Linn student donates blood in a previous blood drive. This year WLHS is hosting a third blood drive specifically for seniors and select juniors.

West Linn student donates blood in a previous blood drive. This year WLHS is hosting a third blood drive specifically for seniors and select juniors.

West Linn student donates blood in a previous blood drive. This year WLHS is hosting a third blood drive specifically for seniors and select juniors.

By now students are used to the semi-annual blood drive that West Linn high school hosts. However, this will be the first year that WLHS will be hosting a third, and smaller blood drive. This Red Cross Blood Drive is only available to seniors and select juniors. Rather than hosting the blood drive in the gymnasium, it will be located a Red Cross vehicle outside the student street doors.

Students who wish to donate must meet the weight requirement of 110 lbs. Red Cross also asks that if you are sick or have been lately, to refrain from donating. For more requirements visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

It is important to be aware of the possible risks that come with donating, according to Red Cross. Some students may experience dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness, stomach aches and/or fatigue. As a result there is the possibility of fainting and/or throwing up after or during the donation. To help avoid these symptoms it is recommended to have a good night’s sleep the night before and to eat a healthy meal before donating.

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