Friday, December 11, 2009

'Tis the Giving Season

It's going to be a bloody holiday season - or at least we hope so. According to the Blood Bank of Alaska, 2200 people need to donate blood each month to meet the needs of patients in area hospitals. Yesterday, the Blood Bank of Alaska was on campus hosting a blood drive in the Wood Center, our student union. As a team, the Admissions Counselors decided we would make donating blood part of our celebration of the holiday season. Lael and Jessica are both getting ready to welcome new life into the world (or as Lael says, they're "prego"), so they weren't allowed to give blood, but they wished Carrie, Joe, and I luck as we headed over to donate a collective 1.5 liters of blood.

The phlebotomists and nurses' aides with the Blood Bank of Alaska were wonderful, and helped make the donation process really enjoyable, and it's great to know that the campus community is dedicated to making these regular blood drives a success.

You can read some great stories about donors and blood recipients on the Blood Bank of Alaska's Life Stories website.

We hope that when you join the UAF community, you'll participate in our strong tradition of volunteerism and service, and that no matter where you are now, that you consider giving the gift of life through blood donation.

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