College blood drive surpasses donor goal

The Campus Activities Board organized a blood drive on Dec. 3 for the local Puget Sound Blood Center.

SPSCC has organized drives with the Puget Sound Blood Center every year as a part of community outreach efforts, said Campus Community Events Coordinator Angela Cai. Donating blood is just one way for “students to give back to society,” she said.

According to its website, the Puget Sound Blood Center is a non-profit organization that serves more than 70 hospitals and clinics in fourteen counties. The center provides blood for cancer, trauma, and surgical patients, said Jennifer Frost, the volunteer coordinator of the Puget Sound Blood Center. “It’s estimated that every two minutes, a person in Washington is in need of a blood transfusion,” she said.

This year’s blood drive successfully surpassed their goal of 35 donors. “I decided to give blood because I know there’s a need and it’s always in high demand,” said SPSCC student Annie Goetsch.

Although students could pre-register online, walk-in blood donations were also taken. Previous drives on campus were set up inside mobile blood donation buses, but this year the drive was set up in the Student Union Building. “I think being inside the building increased visibility and led to more donors,” said Frost.

Cai has planned the next drive to be in the spring. “As students we should always try our best to help the community,” said Cai, “Giving blood is not dangerous and just donating once can save three lives.”