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Sharing life: Blood drive at Northlake Hills Elementary

Local residents donate blood at record-holding Castaic school

Posted: October 1, 2009 10:06 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Annette Heindrich sends a text message as she gets blood drawn at Northlake Hills Elementary School on Thursday. The school has picked up two American Red Cross honors for its blood drive efforts.

More than 100 parents, teachers and Northlake Hills Elementary School supporters on Thursday rolled up their sleeves and felt a needle's prick during the school's annual blood drive.

Along with saving lives, the Castaic school hopes to keep the title of being the top elementary school in the U.S. for the most single-day blood donations. The school was able to collect 164 pints of blood in October 2008.

This year's drive brought an estimated 160 donation appointments with 18 people signing up to give multiple units of blood, said Maggie Ingersoll, executive vice president of the Northlake Hills Parent-Teacher Association.

"We hope to keep the numbers up," she said.

The school has hosted four blood drives so far and the PTA hopes to make the October drive an annual event.

Between two blood drives in 2008, the school collected 286 units - roughly equivalent to as many pints - to donate to the Red Cross, and picked up two American Red Cross honors: the Purpose Award and the Clara Barton Award from the American Red Cross.

One pint of blood can be used to save three lives.

Since the Southern California region of the Red Cross needs 1,500 units a day, Northlake Hills set a goal of 160 units to meet 10 percent of the demand, she said.

The blood collected stays local and will serve hospitals like Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial and Providence Holy Cross, Ingersoll said.

Hosting a blood drive at the school also sends a message to youngsters.

"When little kids see their parents (donating blood), it ingrains in them that it's something you do," said Barbara Jones, registered nurse with the Red Cross.

Ingersoll agreed.

"It teaches the children that you need to give back to the community," Ingersoll said.


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