At the February 2014 Blood Drive, there were 155 presenting donors to total 117 productive pints of donated blood. 74 students clocked in a total of 124 volunteer hours, by signing donors in at the pre-registration tables and helping the Red Cross staff as donor room aids. Of the donors, 75% were students, 17% were faculty, and 8% were community members. 17.3% of the donors were first time donors!
Throughout the entire 2013-14 school year at SNC, 310 units of blood were collected, with the potential to save 930 lives!
Thanks to all the volunteers and donors who have made these blood drives a great success!
When is the next blood drive on campus?
The blood drive dates for the 2014-15 year:
Wednesday and Thursday, September 17-18 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, February 18-19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We will be partnering with the American Red Cross for the upcoming blood drives which will take place in the Michels Commons Ballroom.
If you donated at our last drive, you will be eligible to donate again - and we would really appreciate your support!
How to register
Online registration can be found at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Contact Health and Wellness Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Watch your iron!
One common reason for which donors are turned away from donating blood is low iron levels in the blood, but iron levels fluctuate daily and are affected by what you eat.
If you have low iron you can consume any of the following sources of Iron to increase the iron levels in your blood:
4 mg per serving
Cream of wheat, prune juice and fortified cereals.
1.5-4 mg per serving
Malt-O-Meal, all bran, almonds, dried peaches or apricots, red meat, turkey, venison, peanuts and wheat germ.
.5-1.5 mg per serving
Enriched bread, enriched rice, noodles, pasta, chicken, dried dates or raisins, tuna, eggs, greens (kale, mustard), peanut butter, tomato juice, spinach and strawberries.
If you have high iron you can consume any of the following sources of Iron to help absorb the iron in your blood and decrease your levels:
Orange juice, oranges, cantaloupe, peppers, kiwi, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon and tomatoes/tomato juice.
How often can one give blood?
Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components. For example, donating only platelets in a process called apheresis requires only a 3 day wait before a person can give again. Donating two units of red blood cells through a similar process doubles the waiting period to 112 days.
Looking to volunteer?
If you're interested in volunteering to help with the blood drive please contact the blood drive coordinator at Health and Wellness Services.
For more information please visit the websites of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
Top 10 reasons why to give blood
1. You will get free juice and cookies.
2. You will weigh one pint less when you leave than when you came in.
3. It's easy—it only takes about an hour to make the donation.
4. It's something you can spare—most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
5. Nobody can ask you to do any heavy lifting as long as you have the bandage on. You can wear it for as long as you like.
6. You will feel good about yourself.
7. You will be helping to ensure that blood is there when you or someone close to you may need it.
8. You will be on equal footing with the rich and famous—blood is something money can't buy. Only something one person can give to another.
9. You will be someone's hero—in fact, you may help save up to three lives with just one donation.
10. It's the right thing to do.