On Monday, Sep. 28, Student Activities hosted its annual blood drive in Mary Moody conducted by the Houston Blood Center.
The historically productive blood drive brought in 95 bags of blood which will help save 229 lives. This destroys the record from last year, beating it by 20 bags of blood. Blood drive is generally favorable for eligible candidates. Donors start out by munching on some salty snacks and answering questions about their patient history.
After their history is verified and checked out, donors take a seat and waited for their turn to donate blood. Once the donor’s name is called, the nurse prepares the donor and the donation process starts. A nurse gives the donor a stress ball, they find a vein and start to drain. The actual process only takes fifteen to twenty minutes to complete. After completing the donation, students tend to hang around Mary Moody to recuperate for a spell.
The whole process of checking in and donating takes about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. The blood drive is not only saving lives, but students are able to do it while missing a class or two, depending on whether they are giving plasma or not and while this should not be the sole reason to give blood, it is a extra perk.
“The blood drive is priceless, and there is nothing quite like it and our boys are ideal for the center.”
–Joe O’Brien, Director of Student Activities
Because of the amazing turnout this year, the blood drive may have to expand out of its current location in Mary Moody and into the much larger Cemo Auditorium. This will allow donors to not have to wait for an inordinate amount of time and allow them to check in, donate, and head back to class in an orderly fashion. Overall, the blood drive was a huge success, and anyone interested in giving blood next year should definitely consider the opportunity to help save someone’s life by committing to life.