Annual Oct. Blood Drive to be held this week

By Jocelyn Oceguera

The Wellness Center and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive this week.

The blood drive will be held in Ursa Major C located in the Bronco Student Center from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“Donating blood is beneficial because all blood and stem donors have the potential to save those in need,” said fourth-year sociology student, Carlos Miguel Palafox.

With recent events that have happened around our world in the last month, the American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood donations.

Palafox explains that donating blood now will definitely help make a positive impact in someone’s life.

Since the blood drive is being held on campus, it is both easily accessible and convenient for students to make time and donate.

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided for students, faculty and staff who donate, so they can recharge their bodies and compose themselves before heading back to their day of work or classes.

In order to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good overall health.

The blood donation process will begin with each person signing in at the front and reading an informational guide.

The donor will then follow an attendant to fill out necessary paperwork and to take a mini-physical.

The actual process of donating blood only takes about 10 minutes.

In addition to hosting the blood drive, CPP is also partaking in a competition against Mt. San Antonio College to see which college can gather the most blood during the October and April drive dates, according the Student Health and Counseling Services website.

The competition began in 2006 and has continued to encourage all students, faculty and locals to stop by and donate blood to help those in need.

To sign up, you can visit the American Red Cross website to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins will also be accepted.

Students can register for the blood drive in the Bronco Student Center

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Students can register for the blood drive in the Bronco Student Center

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