The motto “give blood, save a life” can sometimes be passed off as an exaggeration, but when students delve deeper into the facts behind a blood drive, it becomes apparent that even a pint of blood is an important contribution.
According to the Red Cross, about 32,000 pints of blood are used daily in the United States. Despite the large amount needed, out of the 60 percent of Americans who can donate only 5 percent do.
Although many people are scared away by needles or the thought of blood, some portion of the population simply doesn’t think about it. According to America’s Blood Centers, 17 percent of non-donors state this as their reason for not donating, while an additional 15 percent say they’re too busy to donate. America’s Blood Centers emphasizes that it will take around an hour of a person’s time in a day to donate.
Pierce College student Rebecca Forsyth, who donated during the blood drive at the college on April 10, believes more people need to recognize the need for giving blood.
“I did it (donated blood) because I don’t think enough people do,” Forsyth said. “If we are healthy enough and can do it, then we should be able to help others who aren’t.”
Alicia Taylor, operations supervisor of the mobiles for the blood drive, started giving blood at 16. It was then that she realized the importance of working with blood banks and that knowledge carried her on toward her current position.
“It is important for students to get involved and take the time,” Taylor said. “There is no substitute for blood. If in a situation there is someone who uses a lot of blood in surgery and a hospital runs out, it could be a disaster. That’s why we have to be proactive and ask for volunteers before a disaster happens.”
Students who are interested in giving blood can go to the nearby fixed sites such as the Puyallup Donor Center, Tacoma Donor Center or Federal Way Donor Center. The mobiles also can be scheduled and placed by any institution, building or business for those interested in getting the community involved at other locations. This can be set up by calling 253-383-2553.
Additional information such as eligibility, addresses or other phone lines can be found at crbs.net.
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