Saving lives with Blood
On Feb. 3 and 4, Phi Theta Kappa hosted a blood drive to help save the lives of people in need of blood all across St. Clair County.
The drive took place on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors could sign up before or during the event. The PTK had the goal of 19 people per day.
“We invite the public to come in and donate their time and their blood for us” said Samantha Ryckman, a Red Cross nurse.
“You get to see new faces too, some people come in and love to talk about their lives with us,” she added.
“We save 3 lives each time we take blood,” said Sarah Mineau, a volunteer for Phi Theta Kappa. “They collect the whole blood, the platelets, the red blood cells, and the plasma, so one kind of blood can save 3 lives.”
“I’ve needed blood transfusions myself, so I know what the need is,” Mineau said.
While waiting to give his blood, SC4 student Michael Falecki Jr. expressed his own reason for donating, “I like doing this. My blood type is O+, and it’s rare so I know it can help people.”
“The need is very great for blood,” Mineau said.
Another blood drive date is set for April 21 and 22. To donate is free, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.