Blood drive at Tarleton for American Red Cross

Rebecca Hernandez

Staff Writer

 

The American Red Cross blood drive is today, Feb. 8, located in the ballrooms inside the Barry B. Thompson Student Center. From 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., blood donations will be given to the organization by Tarleton State University faculty, staff, students and members of the Stephenville community.

American Red Cross Account Manager II Jessica Amaro said there are multiple ways to sign up or schedule an appointment to donate.

“By going on to redcrossblood.org, both the day of the drive or before, you sign-up for a day and time to come in, read over the pre-reading and bring the print-out form from online, which will save 15 minutes during the donating process,” said Amaro.

Before attending the blood drive, it is recommended for students to educate themselves on any guidelines and requirements for the donating process.

The American Red Cross website states that the organization believes the importance of the blood drive is to make a difference in the lives of others. According to the website, the donation process takes about an hour to complete for each person and 8-10 minutes itself for the drawing of your blood.

“Between 90 and 130 people come in to donate blood. The goal for Monday is to get 100 pints of blood, which is 125-130 students. That will usually get us 100 pints,” said Amaro.

Amaro believes that the most important aspect of donating blood is to get the donations to people who need it the most.

“We donate the blood where it’s needed, which is 40 percent of nation’s blood—patients and hospitals awaiting transfusions and blood for operations,” said Amaro.

 

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