MACA hosts SAU blood drive

St. Ambrose University students took a break from their busy schedules to help a worthy cause. The Multicultural Affairs Community Action group teamed up with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and held a blood drive at the St. Ambrose Rogalski center ballroom.
“Just at St. Ambrose we will come four times this year- the Campus Activities Board is sponsoring three and MACA is sponsoring one,” Jess Hubner, donor relations consultant, said. “Ambrose as a whole in December filled in last minute when we had a group back out the day before the drive. Usually in the past we come to Ambrose two times, so we’re up for this school year.”
Students waited in long lines during the afternoon session to donate. The blood drive was held from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., giving SAU students a chance to help those in need.
“Every single donation actually helps three patients, so at this drive we’ll be looking at over 300 patients that will receive products that they need in the community, which is really great,” Hubner said.
MACA’s goal for the drive was to collect 90 units but they well surpassed that goal. In total there were 111 units collected. Contributing were 30 first time donors as well as 22 students who attempted to donate.
MACA and its members had been working hard over the last few months to ensure that the drive would go smoothly and that students would participate. They created a warm, relaxed environment with music playing and a table full of students’ favorite snacks. Some of the major local businesses provided free sandwiches, drinks and snacks as well as monetary donations. This helped the student and community donors relax and enjoy some food after their contributions.
The easy accessibility to the on-campus blood drive made this event successful because students were able walk before or after classes to the event.
“We come into the community because it’s easier and more convenient for students to donate if we come to them,” Hubner said. “A lot of college students don’t have transportation and all those kinds of things. If we make it more convenient, usually students are more willing to donate.”
In the upcoming months, St. Ambrose students will have more opportunities to give blood and ultimately help someone in greater need than them. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center was pleased with their results this blood drive, but still hopes to have even better numbers of blood donors with each blood drive held at SAU.

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