‘B’ Positive! Blood Drive returning to JJC

JJC’s Blood Drive will be back on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. It will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Main Campus’ Center Bridge.

The event will be organized by the Office of Student Activities and Wellness in collaboration with the American Red Cross.

The Blood Drive creates the opportunity for students to not only donate their blood, but volunteer time as well. Three of JJC’s clubs, Press Pause, GLAM, and Gamers Club, will be volunteering in the drive as hosts and co-hosts.

Other clubs can help volunteer by working at the tables and getting donors to sign-up. “The blood drive is a good opportunity for clubs to fundraise while helping the American Red Cross’ cause.” said Will Vanderhoff, a volunteer through Press Pause. “We’re all looking forward to helping our community.”

In the past, the event has attracted many students, and a lot of blood has been donated. According to Amy Sims, the Coordinator of Student Activities and Wellness, during the 2018 to 2019 school year, there were 216 units of blood donated.

The OSA has been in collaboration with the American Red Cross since 2005. Since then, Sims says people have donated 2,227 units of blood. This has helped over 6,681 people. 

According to the ARC, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and they make sure that none of the donated blood goes to waste. The donations are sent to the surrounding areas of Joliet, Chicago, and Western Indiana, or sent to the military and other places in need.

If you are interested in donating, you can sign-up on the American Red Cross app and set up an appointment. You can also visit Redcross.org and enter the 60431 zip code for Joliet.

Signing up online or from the app helps to shorten the time of your appointment. Use of the app will also allow you to track where your blood is headed.

The ARC also recommends that you make sure to eat iron-rich foods such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, etc. It is also recommended to get a good night’s sleep the night before your appointment, eat healthy foods, and stay hydrated. Additional tips may be found on the organization’s website.

Donors should note that they will be required to present a photo ID at the time of their appointment. If you are unable to attend this year’s Blood Drive, you can expect the Blood Drive to return in the 2020 spring semester in February.