On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), with co-sponsor Alpha Kappa Psi, held a blood drive in Flaum Grand Hall of the Whitman School of Management. Donors of all blood types came out to give blood to support the American Red Cross (ARC). For those unfamiliar with ARC, it is an organization that provides services such as emergency assistance, disaster relief and education within the United States. Throughout the day, 59 units of blood were collected, which saves approximately 170 lives. Although the organization was one unit short of their goal, they are always enthusiastic about the impact they are making on numerous lives.
For DSP, it was the third consecutive, bi-annual blood drive they hosted. Leaders of the organization are already starting plans to organize a fourth blood drive in the spring. “The Red Cross is in constant need for blood and when you donate, you will be directly saving up to 3 lives,” said the Vice President of Community Service of DSP, Garet Bleir. “Many of us, myself included, have had family members in the hospital in need of blood transfusions, and without help from donors like us they would not have the necessary resources to recover.” While speaking with Garet, he continually expressed how eager DSP is to give back to the community each semester. They believe it is essential to provide one’s time in an effort to benefit those less fortunate.
If you are interested in donating blood in the future, reach out to Delta Sigma Pi and Garet, and be on the lookout for an announcement in the spring for the next blood drive.