Randolph-Macon’s Student Government Association, commonly referred to as “SGA,” hosted its first blood drive of the year on September 17th, 2015. During the drive, SGA exceeded their goal of usable units, making the Randolph-Macon community excited for its success.
Every year, R-MC partners with the American Red Cross to host multiple blood drives. Some people donate because their friends ask them to, some know of a family member or friend that might need blood one day, or, in this case, some may have wanted the free box of Girl Scout cookies that were given for donating. Regardless of the reason, the need for blood is constant and an R-MC student’s contribution is important for helping to add to a healthy and reliable blood supply in the country.
The blood drive was held from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and SGA set a goal of thirty usable units. By the end of the day, they had exceeded their goal and reached thirty-eight usable units. Baxter Carter, Vice President of External Relations, is in charge of all communication between SGA and the student body and is also in charge of planning the blood drive. His excitement was obvious as he spoke of the accomplishments of the first blood drive of the year.
“The energy around the blood drive was spectacular,” Carter said. “It seemed that during last years’ blood drives there were lulls throughout the day, but this year we seemed to not have an empty spot. By noon practically all the available spots were taken. We appreciate everyone who came out to donate and hope for continued success at Randolph-Macon.”
Many students expressed their love of donating as well.
“I donate blood to the Red Cross because as long as I can remember my dad has donated his blood so I want to follow in his footsteps. Also, I think it is an easy way to save lives or help people in need,” sophomore Laura Lonergan shared.
If you missed out on the event, do not worry because the next blood drive is on November 17th. In addition, in honor of our game against Hampden-Sydney that weekend, it will be a competition between the schools to see which college can donate the most usable units of blood. Due to gracious donors, there will also be R-MC and H-SC themed t-shirts for those who give blood and the winning school will receive a trophy.
Remember to assume the blood giving process will take between 20 and 30 minutes. Hydrate well beforehand, eat a good meal, and bring a Photo ID with you.
If you are interested in making suggestions to SGA, they will have a suggestion board in the Brock Commons on September 29th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM where students can post thoughtful suggestions and ideas to receive one free donut from Sugar Shack Donuts. Donuts will be limited so make sure you have a good idea ready because it is well worth stopping by for Sugar Shack!
-Madison Guidry ’16, Editor-in-Chief