The turnout from an American Red Cross Blood Drive recently held at the Colleges surpassed the goal of 79 units by 49 percent, collecting 118 units. This increase came at significant time, when many drives were cancelled throughout the state because of Superstorm Sandy.
Kaitley Wozer ’15, a biology major with minors in health professions and writing and rhetoric, is interning with the Red Cross this semester. Shocked at the low number of donors in past years, she helped revamp the effort to capture more donors. Utiltizing social networks, Wozer and others were able to recruit 53 first-time donors.
“I’m really proud of everyone who stepped up to contribute in such a way,” says Wozer, who admitted she was apprehensive prior to her first time giving blood.
“I asked the prospective donors if they’ve ever donated before and shared with them my first experience, how nervous I was, but how badly I wanted to contribute and how easy and fulfilling it felt once it was over.”
The day prior to the drive, an e-mail was sent to students and faculty encouraging them to make an effort to give due to the effects of Sandy.
“The need for blood is constant, and with so many blood drives cancelled because of Sandy, a disaster that unfortunately had a personal connection for many students here, I think people really stepped up and put in the extra effort and time to contribute,” Wozer adds.
The next blood drive held on campus will take place in February. Wozer is already looking forward to expanding this success even further.
“At this past drive, especially with such a large number of first-time donors, there was a distinct aura of communal giving which was particularly poignant, and I look forward to experiencing it again at the next blood drive here in February,” she says.