by: Azka Khan
The Red Cross Chapter at Benedictine University, along with the help of Brother Rick Poro and Ministry, hosted a blood drive to combat the blood shortage in the United States. As part of National Volunteer week, a blood drive took place on Thursday, April 10th in Krasa from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
One donation can support up to three people, according to the Red Cross Organization. From the event on Thursday, 42 pints of blood were collected with the help of 35 student volunteers.
“We are very happy that the event went well and look forward to doing it again next fall,” said Seerat Hassan, Vice-President of the Chapter via email. “We are humbled to have a part in helping coordinating this great event, which helps ensure there is a blood supply for people in need, with [the help of] Brother Rick Poro,” added Hassan.
Since the founding of the Red Cross Chapter on campus, members push to have at least one blood drive in the fall and spring semesters.
“We raised 46 pints of blood last time,” said Kiran Munir, President of the Benedictine Red Cross. “[That] save[s] up to 136 lives!” she added.
“The point of giving blood is to save lives and that is why we have this twice a year to provide that service because one day we will need blood,” said Brother Rick.
The Benedictine chapter uses their growing member base to advertise and coordinate volunteers as well as potential donors.
“It is important to think of others when giving blood,” said Brother Rick.
With a busy work atmosphere, all the nurses were working efficiently trying to get through the walk-ins and appointments, so everyone could get back to class or work on time. It takes about one to one and a half hours to complete, not including wait time.