Palomar students lined up and waited for the opportunity to give blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive Feb. 11-13.
The blood drive, ran by the Palomar Fire Club, collected 193 units of blood during the three-day event.
According to Wilfred Salazar, deputy chief of the Fire Club, “each pint of blood saves 3 lives,” which adds up to about 579 lives.
Ulises Camacho, a student, said the experience went well compared to his prior experiences in the Navy.
“In bootcamp, the needle was a lot bigger,” Camacho said.
Caroline Ushe, a Red Cross registered nurse, had nothing but kind words to say about the students who donated.
“I think we are doing very well here…the students responded very well,” Ushe said.
The American Red Cross is experiencing blood shortages throughout the country due to recent winter storm surges.
If you are interested in donating, check out www.redcross.org/ca/san-diego for locations and information.