By Erin Morris, Staff Writer
The Red Cross Club will be hosting its second blood drive of the year on November 5th from 1-7 PM in Trinkle Hall. According to Meg Riechers, co-president of the club, “Giving blood is one of the only ways that people without any special training can literally save someone’s life.” Donating blood can immediately help save someone’s life, and Reichers' experienced this just last year. After having massive complications during a surgery, she needed 40 units of blood. Without those 40 donors spending just a short time to make a huge difference, she wouldn’t be alive today. Blood cannot be manufactured, so those in need of a blood transfusion must receive blood from a donor. When donating blood, it is separated into red blood cells, platelets and plasma, meaning that one donation can actually save three lives. Giving blood is an easy way to make a huge difference in the community.
The Red Cross Club has been making a difference on the William and Mary campus since its first recorded blood drive held in 1993 and has been active since the 1980s. Although small, the club is involved in organizing blood drives, as well as planning on making cards for soldiers overseas. The blood donated next Tuesday will be stored in a blood bank in Norfolk, VA after being processed and tested in Johnstown, PA. It will eventually be distributed to hospitals throughout the Hampton Roads area, benefitting the local community. If you’re interested in getting more involved with or learning about the Red Cross club, you can contact Meg Reichers, club co-president at email@example.com. And if you’re interested in giving blood next week, club members will be tabling at Sadler until November 1st around lunch and dinnertime. You can sign up for an appointment, or come to Trinkle between 1-7 on November 5th.