By Maria Brasco
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Camden County College will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross in the campus’ Connector Building on Tuesday, Nov. 8, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. All are welcome to donate. Busy on Tuesday? Don’t worry; CCC hosts blood drives once a semester.

“CCC is devoted to giving back to our community, and donating blood is just one of the ways we can help,” said Jacqueline Tenuto, director of student activities.

People often find themselves asking, “Why should I donate?” You don’t need a special reason to donate; you just need your own reason. Whether it’s for a friend or family member, or just doing what you think is right, it’s your individual right to find your passion for donating blood.

“I’m going to donate blood because at some point or another I’m going to need help and donating blood is my way of giving back and saying thanks,” explained Dana Villisan, a student at Camden County College.

Many people do not realize how much blood is needed. One blood donation can help save up to three lives. Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Less than 30 percent of the people who give blood will ever give blood again. The country is in great demand for blood donors.

The American Red Cross has been collecting blood since 1941 and is the largest single supplier of blood in the United States. Donors will be welcomed and made at ease with the experienced staff.

Prior to donating blood, eat a good meal and hydrate yourself. Come bearing multiple forms of identification, such as driver’s license or student ID. Frequent donors should not forget their donor card. There are three stations during your donation, a mini-physical, the donation and rehydration. During the pre-screening test, you will be required to answer personal questions for a confidential interview to ensure your blood is clean and you are eligible for donating. The donation process usually takes about 10 minutes, so relax and time will fly by. Afterward, make your way to the rehydration area, where you can enjoy cookies and juice.

Appointments for the blood drive are not necessary but appreciated. Appointments can be made in the Student Activities Center (Room 200) in the Connector Building or by logging onto RedCrossblood.org, code number 4120. For any questions or concerns you may have, call toll free 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Student Tyler Robinson encourages others to donate blood. By Maria Brasco, CCC Journalism Program

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