According to the American Red Cross, whose motto is: “Together, we can save a life,” even in good times, the nation’s blood supply is fragile. Cabrini College is jumping in to help save lives by sponsoring a blood drive on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grace Hall Atrium.
The need for blood continues to outpace the growth in blood donations. Every few seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Only less than five percent of eligible Americans actually donate each year.
The blood drive is one of the Health and Wellness office’s programs along with health services and athletics. Ashley Szweda, a senior management information science major and student manager for Peer Educators, said, “Last year, we estimated about 50 donors. We had over 76 donors, 64 productive pints of blood and 24 first-timers. We expect a good turn out.”
Jacquelyn Flick, a junior education major, will be one of the donors participating in the blood drive. She said it is the best way she can think of to save someone’s life. “It can take only 20 minutes out of my day, but it could mean the rest of someone’s life,” Flick said.
For “first-timers,” donors must remember to bring proper identification. It is suggested to increase fluid intake and eat normally before giving blood. Also, be prepared to tell volunteers the name of the medications being taken and the reasons why the medications are being taken. The Red Cross advises that donors to relax, but that it is okay to be a little nervous.
Potential donors that will be too busy the day Cabrini will be holding the blood drive, but still want to donate blood, can call the toll-free number 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit www.pleasegiveblood.org. Otherwise, for additional information, please contact Ashley Szweda at email@example.com or Christa Angeloni at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Posted to the wb by Cecelia Francisco