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Students donate to GRCC blood drive

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By Brittany Giguere
Collegiate Staff Writer

   Vampires aren’t the only ones sucking blood this fall season. On Wednesday, October 19th Grand Rapids Community College sucked some blood themselves holding a blood drive in the Multi-Purpose Room on the second floor of the Student Center.

There were 104 students signed up to donate for the day and many more came to give. Each student donated a pint of blood and according to miblood.org, each of these donations saves 3 lives. All the blood given at the blood drive will be sent to local hospitals and will stay in Michigan.

Upon entering the blood drive students were given a small worksheet to fill out about their background and then sent to a booth for a mini physical. The physical consisted of a blood pressure check, temperature check, and lastly the most painful part of the process, a finger poke.

There are five simple steps to donating. Registration, screening, hydration, donation and lastly post donation or as most donators refer to it as, the snack station.

Fifth-time donator and student here at GRCC, Michelle Eckley said, “The staff is really calming if you’re nervous.”

When asked why she donates, Eckley said she’s trying to keep up with her grandmother, who has donated five gallons of blood, which equals 40 pints.

At the end of the donation, students were sent to the recovery station to sit, snack and socialize with fellow donators about their experience. Volunteers were everywhere at the event making donators feel safe and secure.

Two-year blood drive volunteer Ginny Oard said, “Blood donating and volunteering at a blood drive is a very positive experience.”

Miblood.org states that blood takes fifty seven days to replenish in a donators body which means we could all donate at least 6 times a year.

First time donator Dana Andrews said after her donation, “I love donating.” She and the other doners have good reason to love donating. On average, 1 in every 7 people entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion of some kind. Also, without a ready supply of the right types of blood, a person who is in need cannot survive.

There is no substitute for human blood. Every drop of blood donated stays in Michigan to help save Michigan lives.

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