By LESLIE WENDLOWSKY, Staff Writer

As we step into the new year, many of us make resolutions to do things that will better ourselves and also make an effort to help others. If you’re looking for a way to help out, then donating blood to save the lives of others is a great place to start!

This Tuesday January 15 and Wednesday January 16 the American Red Cross will be hosting the Winter Blood Drive. The drive will take place both days from 10am-4pm in Kochoff A in the University Center where students can stop by during the day. Last year, the drive helped collect 213 pints of blood and helped save 639 lives.

“American Red Cross works hard to hold blood drives on University of Michigan-Dearborn’s campus,” says Chelsea Marx, ARC member, “Giving blood is a great way to give back to the community. For every pint donated, the blood is used to save up to 3 lives.”
Walk-ins are okay, but it is strongly recommended that students register online at www.redcrossblood.org and entering in our sponsor code “gobluedearborn” thus speeding up the process.

There are requirements to donate blood which are located on ARC’s national website but the basics to know is you must meet the weight requirement, are at least 17 years old, and are healthy the day you would like to donate. You can find the requirements at http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

For those who would still like to help out, but don’t meet the requirements or have a fear of needles, students are also welcome to come volunteer in other ways. They need help with working the registration table, helping keep an eye on donors in the canteen area by supplying juice and snacks and to make sure donors are feeling okay. There will also be people promoting throughout the University Center on the days of the drives, and an ARC sign in sheet will be available so volunteers can receive service hours from the organization.

Eligible students can donate up to a pint of blood, which ultimately saves three lives. The goal for each day of the blood drives is to collect between 39-46 pints of blood.

“I simply urge students to consider the reasons as to why you would donate; you don’t need a special reason to give blood just your own reason,” says Wedad Ibrahim, American Red Cross member, “Whether it is because you are asked to, or know of a family member that has needed or will need blood, or simply because you feel it is the right thing to do, remember the need for blood is constant.”

If you’re looking for a way to give back, then this event is a great way to do so. American Red Cross also has biweekly meetings on Monday at 2:30pm if you are looking for a way to help out other than the blood drives. For more information on meetings contact President Rima Rida at arcumdearborn@gmail.com