Eastern hosted its first blood drive of the academic year on Oct. 7 and 8 in the Betty R. Tipton Room (BTR). As usual, the Eastern community pulled together to make the drive a huge success. 188 students, faculty and staff generated 166 productive pints of blood, making this a great start in getting the Eastern community involved in blood donations of which there is always a critical need.
"Over the years, Eastern's blood drives have had many wonderful student volunteers who cannot donate but want to help out," said Irene Cretella, organizer of the blood drive. "This drive was no exception with a total of 39 volunteers donating 60 hours of their time helping with check-ins, passing out donated pizza from Domino's at the canteen and making the donors feel relaxed and comfortable after their donation. The American Red Cross always enjoys coming to Eastern because of the very upbeat spirit and maturity demonstrated by all the students, faculty, and staff who participate."
The next blood drive at Eastern will take place Dec. 2-3 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the BTR. Appointments can be made by visiting www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code: Eastern, or contacting Irene Cretella at firstname.lastname@example.org.