UConn’s Blood Drives By Cristobal Ortega JOUR3005
UConn holds one of the largest accounts with the Red Cross in Connecticut. The UConn Red Cross Club tries to hold as many blood drives as possible, usually within two months of each other said UConn’s American Red Cross Club President Marissa Wargo.
Each donor goes through a four step process of registration, confirming their medical history, performing a limited physical, blood donation, and being served refreshments.
The Red Cross reports a single pint of blood may save up to three people’s lives. A UConn blood drive’s general goal is to donate 80-150 pints of blood said Wargo.
According to the Red Cross, one is eligible to give blood you must <ul><li>Be at least 17 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Weigh at least 110 pounds </li></ul><ul><li>Be in good health the day of donation </li></ul><ul><li>Have no exposure to AIDS or hepatitis </li></ul><ul><li>Pass the medical history exam given by a Red Cross nurse </li></ul>
“ Donating is very relaxing. It’s a good break from responsibility. It’s not the most comfortable but it’s worth it, and the nurses do a good job of keeping you company,” Martin said.
“ My mom always gave blood every six weeks, or as much as possible. Whenever I’m clear, I just automatically sign up. It’s a good cause,” said UConn freshman Steven Martin. The Red Cross reports “people donate blood out of sense and community spirits, not to make money. They are not paid for their donation.”
Donors are eligible to give blood again after 56 days for whole blood donors. The UConn American Red Cross Club has hosted blood drives at UConn for the past 8 years with high turnouts at each one said Wargo.