|OSLCC hosts an American Red Cross blood drive on campus Oct. 22-25.|
|Cal Poly Pomona students and staff give blood during a blood drive during the 2001-02 academic year. The Red Cross this year has a goal of collecting 335 units of blood in four days.|
Less than 3 percent of eligible blood donors in Southern California actually donate, but by the time you reach the age of 80, either yourself or someone you love will have needed a blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross.
The Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers (OSLCC) will host an American Red Cross blood drive on campus Oct. 22-25. Times and locations are as follows:
·Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., University Union
·Thursday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., University Union
·Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Career Center, Kaplan Room
The Red Cross has set a goal to collect 335 units of blood in four days, which is about a 20 percent increase over past years. The Red Cross added an extra day to this quarter?s blood drive to meet its goal.
?The blood supply is very low right now, especially coming off of the summer months because the No. 1 place we get blood is from schools?high schools and colleges,? said Kasie Uyeno, donor consultant for the American Red Cross in West Covina. ?Cal Poly Pomona in the past has been one of best accounts. Everybody just walks in to donate, which is awesome.?
OSLCC officials and the American Red Cross are optimistic that the campus community will reach its goal in blood donations.
?Cal Poly Pomona has been holding blood drives in coordination with the American Red Cross for years,? said Janetta McDowell, coordinator for student activities. ?The university has always shown its support at these blood drives. We even have a couple of classes that will offer extra credit to students for giving blood or volunteering.?
To schedule an appointment to donate a pint of blood, which has the potential to save up to three lives, call Rachelle Martinez, coordinator of student activities, at (909) 869-4492, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.