Eastern Gateway Community College will be holding a Blood Drive in Founder’s Hall at the Steubenville Campus on Monday, February 26 from 12:30pm – 4:30pm. The need for blood donors is urgent. You can help! Follow this link to sign up for a time slot:
We still have several spots available for donors. While thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, there continues to be an urgent need for blood. Blood donors of all blood types are needed to give now and help save patient lives. All EGCC students who sign up and donate will receive an EGCC t-shirt!
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, according to the American Red Cross. So, while you may never worry about having enough blood to function, plenty of others aren’t as fortunate.
1. When you donate blood, your body makes new blood, bringing better oxygen to your system.2. Uncover potential health problems — You will receive a mini-physical prior to the blood draw, in which someone will check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin and more. This can sometimes shed light on issues you did not even know about.3. Reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack — Donating blood at least once a year could reduce your risk of a heart attack by 88 percent, according to a study conducted by the American Journal of Epidemiology4. Reduce your risk of developing cancer — If you needed more examples of the detrimental effects of high iron levels, here you go! Excess iron has also been associated with an increased risk of cancer.5. Gives you a sense of significance — While there are several physical benefits to donating blood, the most powerful health benefit is arguably in the psychological realm. Donating blood means that someone (or multiple people) somewhere will be getting the help they desperately need. Each pint of blood donated saves 3 lives!