At right, Carl Mayhew '15 gives blood.
Eastern held its third Red Cross Blood Drive of the academic year on Feb. 6 and 7 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. A total of 166 students, faculty, staff and area residents donated 135 productive pints! In addition, 23 student volunteers worked 57 hours helping with donor recruitment, check-ins and the popular canteen. As with each Eastern drive, the made-to-order chocolate chip pancakes were a big hit. "Student volunteers really enjoy making these for all the presenters after they complete their donation as well as assisting with any other tasks to make the donors feel comfortable," said Irene Cretella, who organized the blood drive. "Many of our donors and volunteers have come repeatedly to our blood drives because they enjoy the experience of giving to others and making a different on the campus they love."
In addition, blood drive volunteers conducted a concurrent bone marrow registration on both days. Donors were made aware of how crucial bone marrow transplants are to help people with leukemia and other forms of cancer. A simple cheek swab enrolls individuals into the Marrow Registry to increase the pool of suitable matches for those in need.
The next blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.on April 17. This drive will be dedicated to the legacy of civic leader Cesar E. Chavez, who was instrumental in improving working and living conditions for migrant/seasonal farm workers in California. Appointments can be made online by clicking on www.redcrossblood.org (code Eastern) or by contacting Irene Cretella at (860) 465-0090, firstname.lastname@example.org.