Last updated on October 26, 2018
By: Gloria Cortes
The American Red Cross held a blood drive at the Rochelle Center in the Thigpen Library of Volunteer State Community College Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We’re the collection side of the blood drive. So, we come out, we get a schedule, we go to the places that have set up with us,” said American Red Cross blood drive supervisor Howard Anderson.
“We’ve had 36 sign up, but that’s not including the people that signed up online, that’s just the signup sheet I have from the school,” said Anderson.
“I’d like to donate blood, but I don’t think I have the time to do that right now,” said sophomore Thomas Williams.
He said 16 people had been able to donate so far that day.
“Our goal today is 39 donations,” said Anderson.
He said the turnout has been good and steady throughout the day.
“A lot of people were there, outside the library, so I’m sure the blood drive went well,” said sophomore Rachel Spurlock.
He said he also hopes that the blood drive will raise student awareness about giving back to the community.
“I hope it makes the students aware of their ability to give back something because the blood drive helps people. With one pint of blood, you are affecting three lives. We take one unit back to our lab and break it down into platelets, plasma, and red cells. So that’s three different people you’re going to affect,” said Anderson.
“I would consider donating blood. I have before,” said adjunct history professor Melanie Cochran.
She said she believes that the blood drive is good because donating encourages positive community involvement.
“I think it’s good. It gets people to be more involved with the community, and help out our neighbors,” said Cochran.