by Elizabeth Welz
On Tuesday, October 20, the Benedictine University chapter of the Red Cross hosted a blood drive. The blood drive began at 9:00 a.m. and lasted until 3:00 p.m. At this event, students, faculty and staff were able to donate blood to those in need.
“(doctors) use up to 80 units and they have never have enough in Chicagoland,” said Sangita Patel, team supervisor.
By donating blood, students, faculty and staff could help stock hospitals in Chicagoland. The blood went to help those who need blood transfusions. By the use of blood drives, hospitals will be able to provide for their patients.
Everyone interested in participating in the event was encouraged to donate blood in Krasa ABC.
“Only five percent of the population tries to donate and out of the five percent only three percent are eligible to donate. So it’s very important that a lot of people, at least, try,” said Patel.
The blood drive offered the opportunity for students who may not have means of transportation to donate.
“I think it’s a good idea to be able to have a blood drive because it’s more accessible for students because not many people have the opportunity to donate,” said senior Malak Issa.
Potential donors were given a physical before they had the opportunity to donate. This was to ensure whether or not they were healthy enough to donate. This is a precautionary tactic to ensure that all parties involve are safe.
Those who are interested in donating blood can get more information at redcross.org.
Raneen Zubi contributed to this story.