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Vampires aren’t the only ones crazy about blood

Northlake blood drive breaks record

Posted: October 27, 2008 7:14 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

Northlake Hills Elementary School set the national record for the most units of blood collected at a one-day elementary school blood drive. The school collected 163 units of blood from staff and parents between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the school's campus, topping the previous record of 151 units.

"The purpose of our blood drive was to collect as much blood as possible to help those in need," said Bob Brauneisen, Northlake principal. "We are excited that our blood drive was the largest single-day elementary school blood drive in the country. However, this is not just about Northlake Hills (Elementary School) being ranked number one in the nation. It's about saving lives."

The school collected 123 units of blood on Apr. 23, 2008 from staff and parents. On Oct. 2, the school surpassed its goal of 134 units by collecting 163 units.

"Although it is not uncommon for high school or college blood drives to collect over one hundred units of blood at a single blood drive, it is a rare occurrence for an elementary school blood drive," said Teresa Solorio, public affairs manager for American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California Region. "This one will go down in the national history books."

Eligible donors must be healthy, age 17 or older (age 16 if accompanied by a parent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.GiveLife.org to schedule an appointment to give blood. To organize a blood drive, call (800) 491-2113. For Spanish, call (866)767-8432.

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