On November 16, 2015 Stanford Blood Center held a Blood Drive from 1-4pm in Saint Joseph’s Lounge. Forty five attendees came to this year’s drive, an increase from last year’s attendees during this year’s fall Blood Drive, and thirty six. Surprisingly almost all were first time blood donors, which according to the charge nurse Jocelyn B, makes the process of blood donating take a bit longer, which is why they had to turn away some volunteers who could not wait long enough to make blood donations. However, when this reporter spoke to the in charge nurse about how this will influence the spring blood drive she was very optimistic about the possibility of the increase in attendees
“Since a lot of these students were first time blood donors, they will have been introduced to it at an early age and become more comfortable with donating for the rest of their life. So [these students] will give back to the community.” Said Jocelyn
One of those students, Samantha Sandy, Senior, who was a first time donor, shared why she decided to donate her blood.
“I donate blood because I know that I am helping people who need it. My blood type is B+. I know that I am saving lives, which I hope to keep on doing for years by giving blood. I am glad that I am able to help by donating.”
She had mentioned to this reporter that the decision to hold the blood drive in SJ lounge was made by the recruiter to place the blood drive in a more high traffic area- and with the increase of volunteers that they will most likely continue that in the spring.
“NDNU is a great place to host a blood drive because there is lots of healthy volunteers who can give back to those who are ill, and I enjoy working with young people and dealing with healthy donors. This field of work fell into my lap at a time when I was jobless and I’ve been working these drives ever since.” Said Jocelyn
She stressed to this reporter on why it is important to donate.
“Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life. You never know when you might need healthy blood yourself one day.” Said Jocelyn
If you would like know more about the blood donation process and where you can donate blood, you can visit the American Red Cross website for more information. The next blood drive at NDNU will be scheduled in the spring but the time and date is not scheduled as of now.