Nicole Hurtado, 19, nursing takes the time to donate blood in order to save lives. (Alyssa Hunter)
Students at Saddleback College will be rolling up their sleeves once again to help out those in need at the biannual Associated Student Government blood drive.
The American Red Cross will be set up in SSC 212 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28.
“Both blood drives last year were very successful, and we exceeded the goals both times,” said Tammy Taylor, secretary of publicity for the Events Cabinet.
Contributors will be given a coupon from Mimi’s Cafe for a free appetizer, receive two VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory (2 drink minimum required) and may enter a drawing for a $1,500 gift card. Plus they get a cookie.
“I’m not a needle person at all, but I think I’m going to face my fear for the cookie,” said Eric Bremen, secretary of publicity for ASG. “I encourage all students to come out and just donate a little bit of their time, so they can give a piece of themselves to somebody that actually needs blood to save their life.”
He said walk-ins are accepted, but “we recommend that every student makes an appointment online.”
When participants arrive, they will first register, then undergo a mini-physical, then donate, and afterwards enjoy refreshments while waiting 10 minutes before leaving the site.
Donors must be at least 18 or have parental consent, be a minimum of 110 lbs. and can not be pregnant.
It’s a myth that people with tattoos aren’t allowed to give. According to the ARC, those sporting tattoos are eligible “if the tattoo was applied by a state-regulated entity using sterile needles and ink that is not reused.”
There are further requirements for double red cell donations. For a full list of requirements visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Students wishing to schedule appointments can do so at www.redcrossblood.org by entering the sponsor code: college. For any questions, contact the ASG office at 949-582-4517.
Students at Saddleback College will be rolling up their sleeves once again to help out those in need at the biannual Associated Student Government blood drive. (Photo courtesy of ASG)