SC4 students not metal enough to donate blood
The need never goes away.
Sept. 24 and 25, 2012, St Clair County Community College’s Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society hosted a blood drive at the campus center café.
According to Red Cross recruiter, Tom Holt, 75 of Davisburg, the need for donated blood is great. He said 43 hospitals in Southeast Michigan received donated blood from the Red Cross.
Holt explained they are busiest Mondays through Saturdays.
“We need 900 to 1,000 pints of blood to meet our weekly needs,” said Holt.
According to Holt, donor blood is used in multiple ways. He said the blood can be used as whole blood, or it can be broken down into red cells, white cells and plasma. Furthermore, Holt expressed his concern over decreased donations in Michigan.
“If we don’t have enough blood on hand (locally) we have to go somewhere else like to Toledo to get it,” said Holt. “It is hard to put it (donating blood) in a way it is believable to students. The younger people don’t seem as aware of the need as their parents were.”
Likewise, Sarah Mineau, SC4 student and Lambda Mu Vice-President of Leadership acknowledged that donations are down.
According to Mineau, on-line registration for donor appointments has simplified the appointment process, but has not increased donations.
“A lot of people are getting turned down due too low iron levels,” said Mineau. She explained that she has volunteered at blood drives since high school, and over the years has seen a lot of people denied for donations due to low iron levels.
However, Red Cross employees said this trend can be reversed.
A Red Cross employee that identified himself as David said donors with low hemoglobin levels can better their chances of successful donations.
David said donors should increase high iron foods a few weeks before they plan to donate blood.
Accordingly, www. redcross .org’s web site stated “eating foods such as meat, eggs, lentils and spinach will boost your body’s iron.”
Nevertheless, there are students that successfully donate blood.
SC4 Business Major, Katlyn Whitesell of Port Huron explained she likes to donate so friends and family have what they need(blood donations).
“My friend’s leukemia is in remission. Blood donations save lives,” said Whitesell.
For information about donating blood, call the St Clair County chapter of the Red Cross at (810) 985-7117, or visit www. semredcross. org for a listing of blood drives close to you.