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Blood drive collects 25 pints

Pepperdine University student Victoria Lekson (left) gives blood as American Red Cross nurse Morayma Carranza performs the procedure. Photos by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Michelle Stein (left) and Hope Lockwood converse with each other after donating blood.
Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
1:22 pm PDT June 9, 2014

Approximately 40 members of the Malibu community donated a total of 25 pints of blood to the American Red Cross on Thursday, June 5.

Held at the Malibu Senior Center at Malibu City Hall, the blood drive lasted for approximately six hours.

“As long as you’re in good health and able, I feel like it’s selfish not to donate blood,” said Victoria Lekson, a student at Pepperdine University, as a nurse sterilized her arm. “We all might end up in a hospital at some point in our lives, and I know I’d appreciate some kind donor’s blood.”

Sipping on water after she gave blood, Malibu resident Hope Lockwood said she personally experienced the importance of giving blood.

“I’ve been in the hospital before, and I know just how desperately they need blood,” she said. “It’s quick, easy and painless to donate.”