I bleed red

One of my favorite things about my glorious Tbirdnation is that being at SUU automatically presents me with lots of opportunities to give, take, share, learn, grow, expand, and learn what it is to be a contributing member of society. Last Friday when I walked into the Sharwan Smith Student Center, first thing I saw was a giant sign that said, “Here’s a great chance to give of yourself, help save lives, and learn and grow in some really awesome ways!” Okay, what it actually said was more like “Blood Drive Today” but I like to read between the lines.

The SUU Nursing program in conjunction with the American Red Cross hosted this blood drive last week. It is one of their routine events. You can find blood drives on campus pretty regularly which is great. Whether you’re a first-time donor or into your fourth gallon of donations (like, cough, cough…me) it’s an exciting experience to donate blood. I’ll send thanks out to lots of people: to the Nursing program, Red Cross, Tbirdnation, and SUU, all for helping me save lives and contribute to society right from the comfort of my very own student center.

Nursing Students greeted donors and guided us through the process

Nursing Students greeted donors and guided us through the process

You must read this before donating blood!!

You must read this before donating blood!!

Don't worry, I read all the instructional materials...

Don’t worry, I read all the instructional materials…

This was the phlebotomist that did my screening exam and drew my blood. She was very competent and professional.

This was the phlebotomist that did my screening exam and drew my blood. She was very competent and professional.

 

One of my fellow donors last week; Look how happy she is to be saving lives!

One of my fellow donors last week; Look how happy she is to be saving lives!

 

Post-donation instructions. They come with cookies and juice, like all good instructions should.

Post-donation instructions. They come with cookies and juice, like all good instructions should.

My first time donating blood was as a student at Snow College many years ago and I’ve been a giver ever since. I’m a firm believer in sharing what you can to help those in need! It’s really nice that SUU provides opportunities like this to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Come on over to SUU and GIVE!

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