Blood Drive attracts student, faculty donors

By Jocelyn Oceguera

Cal Poly Pomona students took time out of their busy schedules last week to visit the Blood Drive and donate blood to help those in need.

Daniel Gonzalez, a third year biology student, had gone into the BSC with a friend for some downtime, but when they saw the blood drive sign, they decided to go in and check it out.

“If I needed blood, I’d wish donors would be out there to help too,” Gonzalez said.

He urges students, who also have downtime and are looking for a way to help, to donate because it is accessible for students here on campus.

The Wellness Center and the American Red Cross hosted the blood drive from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19 in Ursa Major C at the Bronco Student Center.

The goal for the American Red Cross was to raise 65 pints per day, during the three-day donation period.

“It is slower earlier in the day, but during lunchtime or when students are around the building, more tend to come to the blood drive,” said Sam Wade, a Mobile Operator for the American Red Cross.

Wade explained that although it is the most common answer, donating is important because blood is always needed.

In regards, to the recent events that have happened all around the world, Wade believes donating blood is one easy way for people to help out.

According to the American Red Cross website, there are four different blood types, but O positive is the most common.

They are determined by the presence or absence of certain antigens on the surface of red blood cells.

Like eye color, a person’s blood type is passed down genetically from their parents.

Whether someone’s blood group is type A, B, AB or O, it is based on the blood types of his or her mother and father.

As stated by the American Red Cross, one single donor has the capability of helping more than one patient.

Aside from donating whole blood, donations may also provide specific blood components, such as red cells, plasma or platelets.

Every two seconds someone needs blood, and approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the United States.

Some areas of the country need more blood than they are able to collect, especially in Southern California.

They must import about 40 percent of the blood supply collected from surrounding states, in order to meet the high demand.

“If it goes to people, I’d be happy, but if it goes to research I’d be happy about that too,” Alex Tommalieh, a first year political science student, said.

Tommalieh decided to donate to blood as he was walking into the BSC for lunch. He ended up seeing some signs and decided to donate first.

He hopes that his blood will help those affected by the recent tragedies.

Cal Poly Pomona partners with the Red Cross to host two blood drives each school year: one in October and one in April. CPP also competes against Mt. SAC to see which campus can donate the most blood.

The Wellness Center and the American Red Cross host a blood drive every month.

Students can go on the American Red Cross website to schedule an appointment, or they can sign up in person on the first floor of the BSC; walk- ins are also accepted.

The blood drive welcomes students, faculty and locals to check in, donate and enjoy some refreshments following their donation.

Students visited the BSC to participate in the blood drive

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Students visited the BSC to participate in the blood drive

Monica Khechumian, a fifth-year kinesiology student, gives blood

Taylor Story / The Poly Post

Monica Khechumian, a fifth-year kinesiology student, gives blood

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