Annual Blood Drive a Success
February 2, 2012 – Health Occupations students at St. John Valley Technology Center (SJVTC) participated in their fourteenth annual American Red Cross Blood Drive. For this event the students posted flyers, talked with family and friends, and wrote up an ad for the local newspaper to get as many people to participate in the blood drive as possible. At 7:00 A.M. students from the Health Occupation class arrived at SJVTC to help the Red Cross staff set up the equipment and supplies needed for the blood drive. The students worked as donor walkers, worked at the recovery table offering drinks and snacks, and others were at the door helping to register donors. The blood drive started at 8:30 A.M. and ended at 1:30 P.M. In all, thirty-seven useable units of blood were obtained from donors. There were only forty people that signed up for the blood drive because many area community members had donated at the earlier nearby college drive. For every useable bag of blood up to three lives could be saved.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: First time donor Meghan Guerrette with former Health Occupations student Curtis Roy who is now a phlebotomist working for the American Red Cross
After having previously volunteered at Blood Drives I finally worked up the courage to donate myself. I prepared by drinking lots of fluids and eating well in the days prior to the event. Even though in the end I was unable to finish the donation, it felt good to be able to try and save a life and watch other people do the same. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Anyone who is able to donate should definitly give it a shot. It is an experience you will not forget. (Meghan Guerrette)