Cambridge Blood Drive Asks for 30 Minutes to Save a Life
By Brandi Malikowski Contributing Writer
On Sept. 29, some of our Cambridge students and staff volunteered to help save lives of people in need. The student nurses of Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) sponsored the blood drive with the help of The American Red Cross. It was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the nursing classrooms at the Cambridge campus.
Most people who volunteered to donate their blood, filled at least one bag (1 pint), that was roughly the size of a five by seven inch photo, and six tubes that were just a little taller than a tube of lip balm. In the donating room there were six donation stations set up and at least three of them had someone in it at a given time.
Around 1:30 p.m., one of the student nursing staff said, “So far it has been a pretty good turnout.” During the time I was there, five of the six of the donation stations had someone in it, and there were more people waiting for their turn in the waiting chairs outside of the doors. In just one hour at least 10 to 15 people either finished donating, were donating, or were waiting to donate their blood.
“Only a half an hour of my time will end up saving a life,” Holly Malikowski, a student at ARCC, said. If we look at donating blood in her perspective, we all could take less than an hour out of our lives once in a while and save the life of someone who risks not holding onto their life. The result of our half hour is a longer life for others.