By: Gabriela Aguirre and Ashley Emerson
On Wednesday, December 13, the Martin Luther King High School (King) Interact Club held its annual blood drive. Lifestream, who sponsors the drive, is an Inland Empire based non-profit organization who, since 1951, has provided lifesaving blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals. Beginning at 7 a.m and lasting until 2:45 p.m, students and faculty alike donated throughout the day, either through a scheduled appointment or by walk-in. Over 1,000 students and teachers donated blood. Mrs. Mitchell, the advisor of the Interact Club, has played a part in the blood drive since 2007. She and Interact Club members assisted in checking in volunteers, provided emotional support and ensured those who just donated blood were safe to return to class. This year is the first year that the Interact Club and Lifestream will be hosting two blood drives (December and March). If you did not have a chance to “Give a Pint and Save a Life” this time, be sure to sign up in March.