By Valerie Gossett – Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College Campus Activities Board is partnering with The American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 4.
“What is most important about donating blood is that you are saving the lives of three other people every time you donate,” said Hana Christofferson, 19, president of CAB.
Anyone can volunteer to donate blood. The Red Cross recommends eating a healthy meal, avoiding fatty foods and drinking at least 16 ounces of water before donating.
Before the procedure takes place, donors will be asked a series of basic health questions. It is safe to donate every 56 days.
According to The American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations.
The blood drive will take place in the Multi-Purpose room on the second floor of the Student Center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.