By: Harley Keene
The Cookeville Volunteer State Community College campus is having a blood drive on February 12th and 13th. Per the Vol State website, this event will only take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The check in table will be located in the atrium, but the mobile donation center will be parked in front of the campus.
Students who are interested in donating blood can sign up the day of at the check in table, or beforehand at bloodassurance.org/checwed or bloodassurance.org/checthur. Students must have a valid ID at the time of check in, and to be prepared, Sherrie Cannon says to “Eat a good meal, drink additional water and avoid energy drinks.”
The blood donated will go to the Blood Assurance nonprofit, that serves healthcare facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina. Students who donate at this event will receive a free t-shirt that reads “LOVE TO SAVE LIVES”, as well as be entered to win a date night at a restaurant of their choice.
Although there is not an upcoming blood drive on the Gallatin Vol State campus, there was a blood drive that took place January 21st. When asked, many students were not aware that this drive took place. Sophomore Hannah Parker said she did not know there was a blood drive but would have liked to participate. She states, “ I just don’t read my emails.” which is why she said she may have missed the notifications of the drive. To help students know when events are happening, Parker stated, “They could get teachers to talk on it in class or put up flyers inside classrooms.”
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