Fox students donate blood
By Avery Leith
photo by Avery Leith
Blood Drive: The Community Blood Center took
appointments and walk-ins for their blood drive Sep. 27.
The Community Blood Center brought their bus to UW-Fox for donations Sep. 27.
Students donated their blood, which the Community Blood Center then processed at their Appleton lab. The center distributes to 18 hospitals in Wisconsin and upper Michigan, including hospitals in the Fox Valley area.
Angela Brumm is the marketing and public relations coordinator for the Community Blood Center.
"Our primary mission is to make sure the 18 hospitals [we service] have all the blood they need," Brumm said.
The Blood Center works with sponsors, such as UW-Fox, to organize drives and ensure that this mission is always fulfilled.
Students who took time to donate found it to be a worthwhile experience, whether it was their first time donating, or have donated multiple times before.
"It's got to be my seventh or eighth time [donating blood]..." freshman Danielle Vanden Boogaard said. "It's nice to know that you're helping out a life, it feels good afterwards,".
The donated blood is put to use in a variety of ways that donors may not necessarily think of.
"Many people think of accident victims. Blood donated is also used for patients undergoing cancer treatment, surgery, and conditions like anemia that require receiving blood on a daily basis," Brumm said.
"It's a good way to help people... you can give money or give your time, I just feel like this is a completely different way to donate, it's kind of fun because you're really giving part of yourself," freshman Brittany Clark said.
For those who prefer not to give blood, or are unable to, there are additional ways to get involved with the Blood Center.
"We have a volunteer program here at the blood center, there's actually a lot of volunteer opportunities right here in Appleton... there's a really wide variety of ways people can help out that go beyond giving blood," said Brumm.
For more information on donating blood please visit www.communityblood.org.