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By: James McVey

New York Blood Drive (NYBD) has just declared a blood emergency. Currently, all blood types are needed, so healthy individuals are urged to donate now.

Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) worked alongside NYBD staff to host a blood drive at Hudson Hall on Feb. 13. The event was supposed to be held on Feb. 12 as well, but due to inclement weather, it was rescheduled to Feb. 19. Nevertheless, the event was a huge success on both days.

Nursing students at the Mount had the opportunity to collaborate with NYBD staff and apply what they learned in the classroom and at clinical. Following the donation, donors recharged with cookies, refreshments and other goodies to ensure they were feeling well.

On the topic of stability, the NYBD staff stresses that it is perfectly acceptable to fill up on food and drink before donating blood. This precaution is to prevent people from feeling faint or dehydrated. Many people believe that they’ll feel weak and lethargic after donating, but that is not the case. According to NYBD’s “Donation FAQs,” if people eat and drink enough beforehand, they will “feel fine.”

There are numerous benefits to donating blood, including but not limited to reducing risk of heart disease, combating hemochromatosis (iron overload disorder) and helping save lives.

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