|Medical Assistant Jennifer Parent prepares to draw blood from sophomore music major William Rodriguez during a previous on-campus blood drive.|
Anytime is a good time to donate blood, but it is particularly important during the winter when seasonal blood shortages occur because people who travel are not giving their normal blood donation, according to the American Red Cross.
In Southern California, blood supply recently reached near emergency levels. Blood banks were forced to make urgent calls for donors and hospitals began to closely monitor the situation.
In an effort to help, the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers (OSLCC), in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive on campus Feb. 11-13. Times and locations are as follows:
- Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., University Union, second floor
- Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., University Union, second floor
- Thursday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., University Union, second floor
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 email@example.com.