By Bryce Willis
Cal Poly Pomona won its second consecutive ‘Out For Blood’ blood drive competition against Mt. San Antonio College last week.
CPP brought in 386 pints of blood compared to 373 pints donated by Mt. SAC, bringing CPP’s record in the event to 5-1-1 since it began in 2006.
The winning number of pints is the product of two drives, one occurring in October 2011 and the other last week.
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, students flowed into Ursa Minor to donate blood and compete with the campus’ neighboring school, Mt. SAC.
Students had several motivations for donating blood. Besides the cookies and juice, the students just wanted to do the right thing, regardless of the reward.
American Red Cross volunteer and donor Desiree Sanchez said she volunteers and donates to save lives because of her own experience with blood transfusion.
“Although I have never needed a blood transfusion, I have close friends that have needed blood,” said Sanchez. “It saves lives.”
Fourth-year International Business and Marketing student Becky Vincent was one of many students taking part in the drive. Vincent was more focused on giving blood than the competition.
“Normally I am a competitive person, but I really have no ties to Mt. SAC and this is more about helping people,” said Vincent.
The last time Vincent donated blood she was told by the American Red Cross that, one pint of blood could save up to three lives. If the statistic is accurate, this competition alone could save up to 2,277 people.
Vincent said she always encourages her friends to donate blood with her.
“I try to get people to come with me every time,” said Vincent. “I guess people are just scared, or they don’t want to hear about it.”
Debbie Jackley, coordinator at Student Health Services and the co-organizer of the drive with Red Cross at CPP, said the competition between CPP and Mt. Sac is fair even though the former is a university and the latter is a college.
“Other college campuses around the country have used these competitions for blood drives, and it has been a good way to raise blood,” said Jackley. “Even though our campuses are different in terms of the number of students overall, our full-time equivalencies are about the same, making it fair.”
Although CPP won, it was not by as much as anticipated. Going into last weeks blood drive, Mt. SAC, which had a poor October drive turnout, trailed CPP by 33 pints of blood. The gap was narrowed last week as CPP’s drive was less than expected.
Although donation numbers are still high, the numbers have decreased from years past. Since the 2007 drive, the number of pints has gone from 453 pints to 386 pints in this year’s drive. This trend can be stopped according to Jackley.
“It’s so important for students to make their appointment online,” said Jackley. “Not only does it alert the Red Cross Staffing on what to expect, but it also reserves your time slot, and then you won’t have to worry about long waits.”
Heat and midterms may also be contributing factors to the waning numbers, but overall the turnout was good according to Jackley, and this isn’t the only trophy regarding blood donations that CPP has won in the past.
“Our campus has been getting an award each year for most number of units for a university site in the Southern California region we are a part of,” said Jackley.
Since the drive began in 2006, CPP has donated 2,532 pints of blood, while Mt. Sac has donated 2,423 pints.
Ivan Aguilar / The Poly Post
Alysia Montgomery donates blood
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