Student Spotlight: Warriors Donate to Save Lives

Johana Vazquez and Jennifer Zuniga   Staff Writers

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Eastern held the American Red Cross spring blood drive in the Betty Tipton Room. For some, the thought about donating blood is terrifying. For others, the thought about saving people’s lives seems to overrule everything else. The campus ministry co-hosts the American Red Cross blood drive with the CCE (Center for Community Engagement). We talked to Nancy Brennan who has worked with campus ministry for five years and going. “We always do four blood drives a year. The Red Cross has recently said that they are low on blood. They are planning to do one or two more clinics before the end of the year to make up for the ones canceled due to inclement weather.” When asked why people should donate, she expressed, “Everyone has a different reason why they should donate, but they should donate because they can help save lives. It’s good feeling.” We asked students who donated why they chose to donate, what were their expectations, how did it feel to donate, if they would donate again, and if they had any advice for those considering donating blood. Stepping outside of their comfort-zones, these following students were able to donate blood:

Areli Angel is a freshman with a major in Psychology; this was her fourth time donating blood. “I chose to donate blood because it is for a good cause. I like donating, but I don’t know exactly why. I know that some people don’t like the idea of having a needle stuck inside their bodies. I must be a masochist. Before I ever donated, I thought it was going to hurt a lot. Even worse, I thought I was going to pass out. When I was in high school, there were some people who decided to donate blood. The thing about it was that they had gym afterwards. They ended up passing out. Personally, when I donate blood, it makes me feel good. It’s good to have friend with you, so they can be by your side and be there to support you. I would donate again in the near future. For anyone who wants to donate blood, don’t be afraid. Step outside your comfort zone. If you don’t, you’ll never achieve anything. Go for it.”

Samantha Dell, is a junior with a major in human resources; this was her first time donating blood. “I decided to donate blood because it seems like a good thing to help people. Today I faced the fear that I had about passing out. Before I donated blood, I thought it was going to hurt a lot more. I thought the blood would have felt like it was going to overflow out of my body. I was kind of worried about donating, but it wasn’t bad. Especially because the nurses were super nice and helpful. I will most likely donate again the next time they have one. For people who want to donate blood, it’s not that scary. You can do this.”

Nicolle Letterman is a sophomore with a major in social work, this was her second time donating blood. The reason why I decided to donate today was because I wanted to help others. As shocking as this might sound, I was expecting my first time to go well. I was confidant that I would be okay and that the needle would only hurt a little. When I donated blood, it felt kind of weird. Despite that, I had to keep in mind that I was doing this for a good reason. I would like to donate again for sure. If you want to donate blood, I would advice for you to stay hydrated and eat beforehand. Don’t worry; it’s not that scary. You got this.”

Ricky Saxton is a senior with a major in political science. This was his fourth time donating blood. “I chose to donate today for the food of course.” He laughed. “In all seriousness, I decide to donate because it is a good thing to do. The food is just a bonus. Plus, it doesn’t take long. It’s simple and important. Usually when I donate blood, it goes quicker. That’s what I anticipated for this blood drive. However, it felt like it was longer. Maybe it was because I am more tired now than I was before. Also, it could be that I drank more water last time. Donating blood is tiring, but at the same time it makes you feel good. In the near future, I will donate again. Of course it won’t be here, though. If anyone who wants to donate it, I say do it. Just do it. If you don’t, just do it. No matter what, just do it.”

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Areli Angel
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Nicolle Letterman
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Ricky Saxton

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