By: Nick Kieser
The Volunteer State Community College will be hosting a blood drive on Oct. 11 in the Rochelle Center across from the library.
“The event will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The campus and local community is the intended group targeted to come give blood,” wrote Jenny Bartley in an email.
With the event taking place toward the end of the week students will just have only one day to take part in this event next Thursday.
According to redcrossblood.org the general requirements for donating blood are, “Be in good general health and feeling well. Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states). Weigh at least 110 lbs. Additional height and weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school student donors. Must have not donated blood in the last 56 days.”
“Generally we have about 30 people to donate. We always have room for more. You could potentially be saving 3 lives by Donating Blood,” wrote Bartley.
According to Bartley, there will be refreshments provided for the donors as well at this event.
“None of my family has any blood problems, but I recognize this is a large issue and it really does mean a lot to help them. I’ll put my money where my mouth is and donate blood,” said student Austin Capps.
“In response to hearing about this, I would want to give blood. The only setback is trying to fit this into the busy schedule that I have. I have given blood and helping others is good, and it is also good for your body to give blood as well,” said student Brayden Brewington.