Blood donations at ARC next week


File Photo- Taken at past blood drive on March 4th, 2015. BloodSource van will be back on campus next Tuesday.

Jordan Schauberger

The bloodmobiles are coming back to American River College on Sept. 29 and 30.

Sponsored by the ARC Health Center, BloodSource will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be bloodmobiles set up in Parking Lot B next to the Student Center and in the parking lot adjacent to Beaver Stadium.

Donors are asked to drink plenty of water prior to donating and to bring a photo ID.

ARC Health Center nurse Paula Whipple encourages students to take advantage of this convenient opportunity to donate.

“It doesn’t take much time, maybe only 30 minutes depending on the line,” said Whipple. “You’re helping out people in desperate circumstances and it’s a way to be a silent hero.”

With their donation of blood, donors with receive a free “Life is Good, Give Blood” t-shirt.

“I think it’s a neat experience and for a good cause,” said ARC student Hannah Luz. “Depending on where you go, you get either a free t-shirt or ice cream, so you can’t go wrong there.”

Student Senate Director of Legislative Affairs Laurie Jones shed some light on statistics involving blood donations.

“We need over 1 million donors a month to meet the nation’s blood need,” said Jones. “Only about 1/12 of eligible donors give blood.”

Students will also be able to join the Be the Match bone marrow registry.

The Be the Match program provides marrow transplants in the United States from volunteer unrelated donors to patients in need.