Help the Living--Not the Undead

Cassie--Give Blood

There’s nothing like a little blood donation on Halloween – but I’m not talking about vampires. From October 30th to November 1st, Winona State will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in East Hall. Winona State has received multiple recognitions for being a school of large contribution.

Blood donations are always needed so get out and help those in need! High school and college students contribute up to 20 percent of the Red Cross’s donations.

Every day patients from all around the United States need more than 44,000 units of blood! This blood is used for treating a variety of diseases and used in important procedures such as cancer, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, organ transplants, heart bypass, and so many more.

What does it take to donate you ask? You and your blood. Donating is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is:

  • Eat a good meal high in protein the night before
  • Drink lots of water and fluids
  • Get a good night’s rest
  • Show up!

The blood donation process only takes about 5-10 minutes on average and about 30-45 from registration and recovery. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want free cookies and juice for doing a good deed?

a nurse begins to draw blood from a young man

This is a guy who is making a difference!

Every donation made saves three lives. And not only do you influence the lives of the patients, but also their friends and family. All blood types are needed and who knows whom you could be helping!

Now if you are still skeptical and are thinking “I’m afraid of needles” or “I don’t like to see blood” let me tell you…STOP! It’s okay to be afraid and it’s okay to be uncomfortable. The people’s lives you help are worth it.

Personally, I’m deathly afraid of needles and I faint if I over-think the process of donating, but that doesn’t stop me. One of the best things you can do is helping others, and that’s exactly what you are doing by donating.

If you are afraid (like me) just let the nurses know beforehand and they will be more than helpful. All of the volunteers and workers will support you and aid you through the whole process to make sure it’s enjoyable (and that you don’t faint or freak out).

If you do want to donate book an appointment here:

www.redcrossblood.org

Click “search zip code” and type in 55987, then go ahead and schedule an appointment to donate!

Or just drop by East Hall on:

  • October 30th –11:00am-5:00pm
  • October 31st –11:00am-5:00pm
  • November 1st –9:30am-3:30pm

Remember you are a hero, and don’t forget to grab a sticker for your donation!

–Cassie Tokach

a close-up of a Red Cross donation sticker

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