Monthly Archives: September 2016

Homecoming Blood Drive

Homecoming is right around the corner, which means it’s time to bleed blue and white! The Student Red Cross Club will be hosting a special Homecoming blood drive on Thursday, September 29th at the HUB in Alumni Hall from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Did you know that donors and volunteers can receive Homecoming spirit points for their organization?

○ Members of your organization, pair or triad should sign-­in to donate at the Blood Drive to receive 10 points per member (Up to 10 members).

○ If you pre­-register to donate at the blood drive, you can earn up to 12 points per    member.

○ If a member of your organization volunteers at the blood drive, you may receive 5 spirit points per 2 hour shift (Up to 5 members).

○ Organizations can earn up to 195 points by donating or volunteering at the blood drive.

As one of our Bleed Blue Blood Drives, every donor is also automatically entered to win a Penn State® Football home game package for 2016, which includes two Mt. Nittany Club tickets, pre-game hospitality passes, a sideline visit during the game, and Beaver Stadium video board recognition!

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Make sure to eat a good meal 1-2 hours before donating and drink plenty of water on the day of your donation. Donors must be 16 yrs. of age or older and have a valid photo ID to donate.

Please visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information on how to register to donate. For more information on Homecoming spirit points, please visit https://homecoming.psu.edu/

SRCC September Recap

This September has been a very exciting start to the year for this club. From our first general meeting to our first canning weekend, we’ve had a great start this year!

Early in September, we had our first meeting, where we met so many new members and were able to catch up with old friends from last year. We were able to introduce prospective members to what we do as a club and were able to grow our family with these new members and volunteers.

On September 11th, the Student Red Cross Club hosted a booth in the HUB, asking people passing by to commemorate 9/11 by telling us about who their heroes are. We collected those responses and now have our very own hero board, which has answers from all types of members of the Penn State Community.

On September 12th-13th, the club held our annual 9/11 blood drives, which were very successful in collecting blood in partnership with 9/11-day foundation in commemoration of the tragic events that took place on that day. The Penn State ROTC sponsored one of the drives. They hosted it in their building and it drew in many members of the ROTC to give blood and volunteer, making it a very successful drive.

On the week of September 19th, the club also hosted it’s first triple-header blood drive of the year in the HUB, collecting units from many students and other members of the Penn State community over the course of the three days. Greek life was very active in these drives as well, sponsoring and donating many times over the three days.

Lastly, the club went on our first canning weekend on the weekend of the 23rd. We visited the Angus family and went canning in and around the Camp Hill area. It is always a good weekend when canning, and getting to know our new members and spending time with friends is always fun as well!

This September has been an exciting time for our club, and it will only get better!

On-Site Coordinator of the Month: Michala Alexander

Once a month, we celebrate those members of our club who take part in our On-Site Coordinator Program by getting to know them and what motivates them. This month, who better to meet than Michala Alexander, the On-Site Coordinator Captain? Michala coordinates the efforts of all student OSCs and ensures that OSCs are present at every blood drive and that they are trained and prepared to the best of their ability. Thank you Michala for helping all of our donors and volunteers!

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What are the responsibilities of an On-Site Coordinator?

An On-Site Coordinator (OSC) is in charge of making sure the blood drive runs smoothly, helps the drive to reach it’s goal, supports the donors and talks to them, and assigns roles to the volunteers and makes sure they do their jobs.  An OSC is a leader that is willing to take charge to help the Red Cross improve the lives of others.

 

Why did you join the Student Red Cross Club here at Penn State?

I joined SRCC because I was very involved with the Red Cross Club in high school.  I was running the blood drives there and I loved working with the Red Cross and helping to supply the hospitals with enough blood.

 

Do you donate blood? If so, Why?

I have never been able to donate before, but I am looking to make a successful donation this year.  Giving blood is so important and only a small portion of the population is able to donate blood.

 

What is some advice you would give to someone who is afraid/has never given blood before?

There are a lot of people who are afraid to give blood for various reasons, they may be scared of needles, afraid of getting sick or passing out, or have had bad experiences with people they know having a hard time donating or personal bad experiences.  When I’m recruiting I remind people that one donation can save three lives, that very few people are eligible to donate, and that the donation process only lasts 10 minutes.

 

Why do you think that the Student Red Cross Club is important to have here?

The Student Red Cross Club is so important because it gives us a chance to give back to the community.  I really enjoy volunteer work and this is a type of volunteering that doesn’t take much time, but gives so much back to the community.  We get to say that we have helped to save lives, and that’s the type of volunteering that has a lasting impact that you can see.  You never know if the person you passed on the street has had a blood transfusion from one of our drives, or if the couple who made it out of their burning house got out because of a smoke detector that we helped to install, or if the little boy who was choking was saved because of a Red Cross training session.  The Red Cross makes a huge impact on communities around the world and it’s great to be a part of that.

The Red Cross Partners with 9/11 Day to save lives in commemoration of the September 11th attacks.

On the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, The Red Cross is teaming with 9/11 day to observe the day by saving lives through the donation of blood and platelets.

9/11 Day is an organization dedicated to honoring the victims and heroes of that day through community service. It has evolved into the largest day of charitable activities in the United States and has now been reserved as a national day of service and remembrance by the U.S. Government.

The Red Cross needs approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to help improve and even save lives in over 2,600 health care centers around the country. This partnership with 9/11 day will help the Red Cross to meet and even exceed that goal through the generosity of their donors and volunteers.

Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services gave a statement, saying; “The Red Cross is proud to join 9/11 Day and empower members of our communities to give blood and volunteer to commemorate this anniversary while making a profound contribution to community preparedness. Let us honor the memory of those who gave so much to help others, and do our part to help those in need this September.”

Those who would like to donate or volunteer on this day of service are encouraged to do so via redcross.org or through their local Red Cross chapter to find an opportunity to commemorate September 11th with the Red Cross and 9/11 Day.