By Anna Meredith and Mercedes Jacobs
On March 22, 2019, Holy Family University will be holding a blood drive run by the American Red Cross. The blood drive will take place from 9 am- 2 pm in the Lower Lobby of the Campus Center. Those interested in donating blood can sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “Holy Family University.” You can also use a donor app by texting “BloodApp” to 90999, or you can download it from the App Store or Google Play store.
Blood drives have been occurring on campus since at least 2004 when the Radiologic Science National Honors Society “Lambda Nu” was established. The Radiologic Science Program and Lambda Nu sponsor these blood drives. There are two blood drives a year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.
According to Mark Ness, a full-time faculty member in the Radiology Department and the moderator of Lambda Nu, “one of Lambda Nu’s requirements to fulfill their chapter’s bylaws is to complete a charitable event, basically giving back to the community.”
Prior to donating blood, a questionnaire needs to be filled out in order to prove that the donor meets eligibility requirements. To save time on your donation, you can complete this questionnaire before your appointment time by visiting: http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. However, keep in mind that this questionnaire must be completed the day of the blood drive and must be done so on a laptop or computer. Also, be sure to either print or send an email confirmation to yourself to show the Red Cross staff.
This questionnaire is crucial for donors to fill out because some donors may not be eligible to donate blood and have no idea. Some factors that may cause donors to be ineligible are weighing under 110 pounds, currently taking medications such as antibiotics, and recently getting tattoos.
GiAnna Hughes, a sophomore nursing student had donated blood multiple times.
“The first time I gave blood I was very nervous, but now I am used to it and always participate in blood drives,” said Hughes.
After giving blood, donors are able to be sent to a station known as the canteen.
“Once you feel well enough to get off the table after donating, you get sent to a couple tables with crackers, cookies, and something high in sugar usually fruit juices,” said Ness.