Eastern held its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the academic year on Oct. 8 and 9 in the Betty R. Tipton Room, with 206 students, faculty, staff and area residents donating185 productive pints. In addition, 37 student volunteers worked 64 hours helping with donor recruitment, check-ins and the popular canteen. "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," said Irene Cretella, administrative assistant in Student Affairs and blood drive coordinator.
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.
The next blood drive will be held from 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4 in the Betty R. Tipton Room. Appointments can be made online by clicking on www.redcrossblood.org (code Eastern) or by contacting Cretella at (860) 465-0090, firstname.lastname@example.org.