Blood Drive Sept. 22

Donate Blood

On Friday, Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., United Blood Services will be doing a Blood Drive in the Southwest Annex.

Student Life Coordinator Malcom Morgan says, “This will be the last [blood drive] for this semester. Like for the school year, this is our last one.”

Blood cannot be synthetically created and it is the one thing that is constantly needed. Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used in the United States every day and with the recent hurricanes and natural disasters that have struck this past month, donations are in much higher demand. Morgan, who is facilitating the blood drive, says, “Part of the reason I am doing this is just to help replenish those supplies in case there has been a mass transport of blood. In general New Mexico itself is very low on blood supply.”

Just one donation has the potential to save as many as three lives. So, if you are able to, please consider donating, and if you’re unable to help, spread the word about the blood drive.

Anyone donating blood that day should including more iron-rich foods into their meals and drink at least 16 oz. (2 cups) of water the day of donation. Don’t come with an empty stomach and make sure you’re wearing a short sleeve shirt because rolling up a long sleeve is a pain. Make sure after donating take a few minutes to sit down with a cup of water and snack, and don’t try to do anything straining that day.