By: Keon Karimabady, PR Officer, 2014-2015
Early this past October, as we were just beginning to settle into the new semester, VCEMS sat down with the Student Health Advisory and the American Red Cross to coordinate the first blood drive of the academic year. As a team composed of both blood drive veterans and newcomers, our ambitions were high: the bar was set at 81 units. In addition to tabling in the College Center and nonchalantly hanging up posters in the residence halls, VCEMS was on standby the day of the drive to escort and provide refreshments for donors. The event was held from 11:30 to 5:30 in the Villard Room and the turnout was great! We had a substantial number of walk-ins and even had some double red cell donations (two units of red blood cells minus the plasma and platelets which are returned to the donor). Although the 81 unit goal was met it wasn’t the units of blood that made the drive successful, it was the coming together of the community for the selfless purpose of contributing to something larger than themselves. There is another blood drive, in collaboration with the Hudson Valley Blood Services, scheduled for next semester in the spring. For more information regarding the different types of donations or anything else Red Cross related head over to their website: http://www.redcrossblood.org/.