CBD Gives Back: June Blood Drive
CBD College Wears Their Heart On Their Sleeves
On Thursday June 15th, 2017, CBD College hosted its June Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. From 10 AM-4 PM in the Auditorium, students, faculty, staff, and family came in to give blood. The American Red Cross can then use donations for transfusions, platelets, and patients who do not have enough blood to spare. On June 1st, an appointment sign- up sheet circulated the school inviting anyone to pick a slot best for them. This time, the school had a goal: 21 donations.
Right now, blood is being distributed faster than it’s coming in. When processing and testing are done, the American Red Cross distributes and ships donations to hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Red cell donations only last 42 days, platelets 5 days, and plasma up to a year.
Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured, which is why those in need depend on volunteers. However, less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets, including the 7% of Americans who have the universal blood type: O negative. Hence, the importance to give when you can.
Altogether, CBD College donated 19 pints of blood, only 2 donations away from their goal. Already, the school has planned their next drive for August 25th, 2017 from 8 AM- 8 PM. Representatives from the school are ready to not only meet their goal but beat it, come August 25th. Sign-up sheets with scheduled times began going from classroom to classroom earlier this week. They’ll make their way around until all slots are full! Stay tuned for a chance to roll up your sleeves and donate in CBD’s next blood drive. For more information on how to sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve already signed up and want a chance to speed up the check-in process, head to http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass