The SGA sponsored their biannual American Red Cross blood drive for the fall semester this past Wednesday and Thursday, November 7th and 8th, in the TMB Auditorium. Leading up to the blood drive, the staircase was covered in paper cut-outs of blood drops with sayings like “You’re somebody’s type,” “Got blood? Give life,” and “You don’t have to be a dr. to save a life!”
Run by SGA senators, the event was widely successful with the quota for number of donors being doubled within the first day of the drive. Many JSU students showed up at the event as well as many other people from the Jacksonville community.
Zeta Tau Alpha also came out to volunteer at the blood drive with most of the girls from the sorority volunteering their time and donating blood.
SGA senator Jewel Williams said, “For those that think it’s bad, it’s really not that bad… Besides, so many people need it and I’m healthy and able, so why not give blood?”
Most blood donors have good experiences with giving blood with only 3-10% of people experiencing minor side effects such as dizziness or lightheadedness.
Each donor received snacks, water, stickers, and a t-shirt for their kind donations.
According to SGA senator Mariah Allen, each donation of blood saves roughly three lives. After donating blood, it actually only takes three days for the blood to come back: for 1 pint and three days, three whole lives can be saved.
JSU student Lea Ivy Rhymes had a special reason for wanting to donate blood. “My grandmother had cancer,” Rhymes said. “And we share the same blood. So if I can make a difference, it’s definitely worth it to me.”
Those who were not able to make it to the SGA’s fall blood drive should stay tuned for more SGA community service events held in the TMB auditorium and be on the lookout for Spring dates.