Wednesday’s Winter Blood Drive, sponsored by the College’s Red Cross and the Hispanic Cultural Organization, wasn’t just the chance for donors to get a coupon for a free scoop of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, something that will come in handy as the weather warms up, but donors were allowed to give their time and blood to potentially save someone’s life.
The six-hour drive that was held in the UC Chesapeake A/B room, allowed for anyone interested - students, faculty, and other members from the community - to donate blood.
One hundred and eighty-five donors made the drive a success Alyssa Holt, chair of the College’s Red Cross explained. Out of these donors a little over a hundred and fifty productive pints of blood were obtained.
“We’re thrilled with the turnout we got,” said Holt.
The hundred and fifty productive pints of blood become a part of the Mid Atlantic Region’s supply. The Mid Atlantic Region must collect between 500-600 pints every day in order to ensure that there is enough blood available for the community, Holt explained.
The College’s drive helped the Mid Atlantic Region collect about ¼ of its required daily collection.
For those who wanted to donate blood, but did not have the opportunity this past drive, there will be another opportunity in the near future. The College’s Red Cross will hold a smaller drive Wednesday, 22 February.