Pint-Sized Donations Add Up, 3 Lives at a Time

Posted by on February 15, 2013

American Red CrossSince 2010, seven blood drives hosted on the Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville campus have recruited nearly 200 student, faculty, staff and community member donors. These donors have given a total of 170 units of blood! This is just one of many worthwhile causes our students, faculty and staff support as an example of our “We Care” philosophy. We are proud to help fulfill the urgent needs of our community.

Many people are terrified at the thought of donating blood, but it’s not as scary (or as painful) as one may think. Our students have learned that they have the opportunity to save three lives with their pint-sized donation.

According to the Red Cross, someone in America needs blood every two seconds (that’s 38,000 units every day,) yet only five percent of the population actually donates.

“All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply,” said Mike Fries, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative. “Currently, there is a more urgent need for types O negative, B negative and A negative, as patients’ needs are outpacing donations at times.”

Mike added, “It is especially important to donate this time of year. Flu season and inclement winter weather affects donations, as some regular donors are ill and the weather makes it difficult for others to keep blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross also had to cancel more than 30 blood drives in January due to weather.”
American Red Cross

In addition to weather and seasonal illness, many potential donors say they, “just don’t have time, or they are scared of needles or are fearful of fainting,” said Joel Bisser, service learning coordinator/instructor at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville. “I was apprehensive at first too, but my dad set an example and has donated since I was a kid, so I figured I could do it too. Giving blood is giving life, and that is precious. Also, after I donated that first time, I found that donating blood is relatively quick and easy!”

According to the American Red Cross, there are four steps to donating blood:

  1. Make sure that you are well hydrated and do not donate on an empty stomach. When you arrive, you will register and present your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification. Part of registration includes reading over eligibility and basic donation information.
  2. A trained professional will give you a “mini physical” that will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Using a confidential computer platform, donors also answer questions about health history and places they have traveled.
  3. The donation takes only 8-10 minutes, and you can sit, relax and chat with other donors and the friendly Red Cross staff while your donation bag fills up.
  4. After donating, donors take a few minutes to have a light snack and some juice and/or water to re-hydrate.

Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville is continuing our partnership with the American Red Cross by hosting this year’s first blood drive on Wednesday, February 27 from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Register at the campus reception desk, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or online using sponsor code 0177267.

We are thankful to our campus and local community who share our enthusiasm in this great cause!

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