Community rallies with blood for pending surgery of baby girl

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Diane Hernandez, a donor at the event, preparing to give blood at the Blood Drive at Imperial Valley College on Thursday.
Diane Hernandez, a donor at the event, preparing to give blood at the Blood Drive at Imperial Valley College on Thursday.

IMPERIAL — Blood costs nothing to give yet is more valuable than any other resource on earth. This proved to be true at the Imperial Valley College Blood Drive on Thursday as the community came together to support seven-month-old Regina who was diagnosed with a skull deformity and in need of a blood transfusion during her surgery. Donors who donated at the event helped ensure that blood is available for Regina and patients like her whose lives depend on it.

“Our overall task today was to have as many students as possible donate blood,” explained Miriam Trejo, one of the main organizers of the event, “and just become aware of the situation that blood is always needed, especially in the Valley.”

Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the DePaoli Sports Complex at Imperial Valley College, donors were welcome to schedule ahead or walk in and donate on the “Bloodmobile.” Donors were encouraged to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood.

“We had a lot of people coming in so I think today went great,” said Benjamin Barajas, a volunteer at the blood drive. “This is the first drive I’ve helped in. I’m part of ASG (Associated Student Government) so we came and volunteered but I would be willing to come again if they need me.”

All donors at the event received a coupon for a free crunch taco, courtesy of Taco Bell, and a free cholesterol screening. Donors also earned points that can be used to obtain Amazon gift cards, movie tickets and more.

“I think we had a really, really amazing outcome today,” commented Trejo. “I’m proud of everyone who came out. I always feel a little inspired knowing that there’s so many students willing to come out and volunteer. We had about 40 people sign up and plenty of walk-ins which exceeded our goal of 25 donations.”

The San Diego Blood Bank "Bloodmobile" stationed in front of the IVC DePaoli Sports Complex ready for service.
The San Diego Blood Bank “Bloodmobile” stationed in front of the IVC DePaoli Sports Complex ready for service.