MSB- Richfield Blood Drive: Top 3 Reasons to Donate

Screen-shot-2013-11-15-at-11.26.38-AM1Each quarter the Minnesota School of Business-Richfield partners with Memorial Blood Centers to host a blood drive open to students, staff/faculty and the community. The next campus blood drive is Tuesday, January 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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“Partnering with organizations like Memorial Blood Centers to host blood drives is very important to us so we can give back to our community and help save lives,” said Miriam Williams, MSB – Richfield campus director. “With ‘We Care’ as our university’s mission, it’s crucial for us to partner with great organizations like these for such a great cause. We look forward to students, staff, faculty and the community to donate on Tuesday.”

According to Memorial Blood Centers there are three main reasons to give blood:

  1. Become a regular blood donor and you’ll create a legacy of community service for generations to come. Beginning at age 16, if you made a donation approximately every three months until you reached 76, you would have donated 30 gallons of blood!
  2. You make a big impact in so little time: Donating blood takes about one hour, including a mini-physical and health interview. Actual donation time is typically only 10 minutes. And within about 10 days, your blood will have helped saved lives in your community.
  3. Right now, family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and others in your community are depending on you. Premature infants are born day and night, often requiring blood to survive. Cardiac surgery patients may need life-sustaining blood transfusions. The need is great. The rewards are many. And only you can volunteer to give the gift of life.

“You are helping to save somebody’s life,” said Shelli Miller, mother of three children who all required blood products. “It takes such a little amount of time to make a difference for somebody else. There’s not a better gift that you can give anybody.”

Thanks to those who donate at blood drives, the American Red Cross collects and distributes more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.

Nervous About Giving Blood?

Many first-time donors will come to blood drives with the fear of blood or needles. However, most first-timers find the donation process is easy and relatively painless. Below are a few tips on how to get past that fear to help those in need.

  • Bring moral support: Bring a friend or family member for support and celebrate your accomplishment of generosity afterward. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel for helping others in need.
  • Know what to expect: Research the donor process and eligibility requirements so you are familiar and confident before you donate.
  • Realize how you are helping: By donating one pint of blood you are helping save at least three lives.
  • It’s really not that bad: Donors are able to listen to music, read a book or talk to fellow donors during the process. They make it as comfortable of a process for the donors because they are truly something special by helping save lives.

“Special thanks to Taylor Smith, the MSB-Richfield campus event coordinator, for coordinating the blood drives. Most of what we do on this campus doesn’t happen without her initiative. We are so lucky to have her,” said Miriam. “We look forward to seeing you on the 19th to help save lives by donating!”