Eastern held its third Red Cross Blood Drive of the academic year on Feb. 4 and 5 in the Betty R. Tipton Room, with 165 students, faculty, staff and area residents donating 131 productive pints. In addition, 50 volunteers worked 63 hours helping with donor recruitment, check-ins and the popular canteen. The aroma of piping hot pancakes, prepared by the volunteers for the donors, permeated the Student Center. "I am consistently impressed with our students' willingness to give blood," said Irene Cretella, administrative assistant in the Division sof Student Affairs and blood drive coordinator. "Knowing that each pint of blood saves three lives gives the donors the feeling that they have made a difference." In addition to the traditional pint donation, the Red Cross collected double red cells through a different process with special equipment. The height and weight requirements are higher for this type of donation.
For more information on future Red Cross blood drives at Eastern, visit www.redcrossblood.org (code Eastern) or contact Cretella at (860) 465-0090, firstname.lastname@example.org. Above, Red Cross practitioner Alexandra Byrne '13 draws blood from Carmen Rosado.