Westview High School student plans blood drive on Oct. 20
Amid recent wildfires and devastating hurricanes, a Westview High School student is hoping people will give back during unprecedented times.
Seventeen-year-old Vicky Siah is putting together a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Oct. 20. With schools closed, Siah said it has been difficult to reach out to potential donors.
She hopes to fill 50 appointments in the next three weeks.
"I cannot sit down when there's need and an opportunity to help the community," Siah said. "I've always believed in the statement, 'If not me, then who?'"
Siah has been a blood drive coordinator since her sophomore year of high school.
Now, as a senior, the Westview High School student has had to make changes to her latest blood drive due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"When it comes to a safe donation environment, the donated blood will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, temperature checks are conducted at the door and only donors are allowed in the waiting and donation areas," explained Siah. "Red Cross says that masks are required so donors who do not have a mask will be provided one. All donations are only by appointment."
For those who are reluctant to donate blood during a pandemic or otherwise, Siah hopes people can feel at ease with the safety precautions in place.
"It's a minute of pain, and you can save lives," she said. "Nobody plans to get a blood transfusion. It is very impromptu. For those people scared during an emergency, you can be there for them."
The blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Cedar Mill Rock Creek Center at 19180 N.W. West Union Road.
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