Once a semester American River College hosts their annual Blood Drive. This spring, it will be held March 1 and 2 at parking lot B next to the Student Center and the lot next to parking garage and police portable.
According to BloodSource, approximately 1 out of every 7 people entering the hospital needs blood, so students should always keep in consideration how much their blood can do for someone else.
ARC student Navneet Grewal has a personal connection to the blood drive.
“I have family members who are very sick, and I always wish I could donate and be there for them,” Grewal said. “I’m glad I can donate at the blood drive and help out another person.”
The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, giving students ample time to visit between classes.
The blood drive will be sponsored by the ARC health center and they will be providing one bloodmobile set up at both locations.
Students who are looking to participate in this year’s blood drive must bring a form of photo identification, whether it’s a student ID or driver’s licence.
Students are advised to drink plenty of fluids prior to donating their blood.
Once students donate blood, they will receive a t-shirt that shows they donated.
Every semester multiple ARC students show up to donate blood in order to save lives and make a difference in the community.
Current ARC student Veronica Evans, who signs up and donates blood every semester, said she donates in order to make a difference, no matter how big or small that difference may be.
ARC student Veronica Evans stated “I really feel better knowing that my blood can help save someone else’s life.”
Another ARC student, Kelsey Lightfoot explains her reasons on why she and everyone who can should donate blood.
“Whether it’s someone you know or don’t know, you can always help save or better someone when you donate,” Lightfoot said. “It doesn’t hurt, it only helps once you do.”
If students want more information on donating and what it consists of they can contact the Health Center website or call 916-484-8383.