|Amanda Ford, an animal science major, gives blood in October.|
Once again, Cal Poly Pomona takes the title for being the bloodiest college campus — at least when it comes to donating blood.
With 424 pints, the campus community beat Mt. San Antonio College, which collected 402 pints, in this year's “Out for Blood” campaign. The annual competition included the October and April donation drives, which received 208 and 216 pints, respectively. In comparison, Mt. SAC netted 212 and 190 pints in those two months.
With a second consecutive win, the trophy remains on campus for another year. It is currently displayed in the Bronco Fitness Center.
“We sincerely appreciate the sacrifice that all donors and volunteers make with their contributions to this worthy cause,” says Debbie Jackley, marketing coordinator for Student Health Services. “We wish to thank the entire campus community for their efforts in making this competition a success, including the faculty who spread the word to their students, the generous individuals who take the time to donate because it's 'the right thing to do,' and to all those who supported the drives with their volunteer efforts.”
According to the American Red Cross, someone needs blood every two seconds. Blood donations are always needed, not just during times of crisis.
“Each unit of blood can potentially save up to three lives,” Jackley says. “I often tell people that they never know when they might be in a situation to need blood, so it behooves us all to donate if we can.”
Student Health Services will host blood drives in May, June and August. For the full schedule and to sign up, visit www.dsa.cpp.edu/shs/blood_drive.asp.