State AG challenges all others to give |

State AG challenges all others to give

staff reports

Squinting and shrinking, Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa rolled up her sleeve.

“I really don’t like needles,” said the attorney general as an attendant prepared the blood-collection set. “It’s not the giving that’s hard, it’s that first jab.”

Del Papa and Kevin Higgins, chief of the attorney general’s Reno bureau, wanted to lay down the challenge Friday to other government offices to give a pint as the year comes to an end.

The blood letting was all part of an end-of-the-year blood drive being promoted by United Blood Services.

“This is a good gift to give at the holiday season,” Del Papa said, reclined in the United Blood office in Carson City. “Everyone should get themselves down here and give.”

She said that while the members of her staff give on a regular basis, she is encouraging them to contribute during the holidays. In addition, she said other state officials need to encourage their staffs to become donors.

“Consider this a challenge for the other departments and the other constitutional officers to come down. And, I’ll even challenge the chief justices of the Supreme Court to come down and give at this time,” she said.

United Blood Services has announced blood needs for this week as follows:

O+ 465, O- 161, A+ 294, A- 46, B+ 50, B-10, AB+ 4 and AB- 8.

Healthy people between the ages of 17 and 79 who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate every eight weeks, said Nyla Emerson, community relations representative for United Blood.

“Remember to eat well and drink plenty of liquids,” she said. “Also, please be sure to bring either your donor card or a picture ID.”

Del Papa filled the blood bag in about 10 minutes from start to finish and when the technician told her she was through she seemed amazed.

“If I can do it, being the big baby that I am, then anyone can do it,” she said.

For information, call 887-9111 or visit the center at 256 East Winnie Lane.