Doing What They Do Best United Blood Services comes to NDSU, brings in donors
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 01:12
United Blood Services goes above and beyond on a constant basis. But to them, it’s just another day.
On Monday and Tuesday, the United Blood Services of Fargo showed up with their Bloodmobile vehicle ready to take donations for a donation event put on by the NDSU Staff Senate. They set up shop just across the street from the Memorial Union. United Blood Services donor care technician Brandon Jones said the spot was a way to advertise their presence.
Jones said even though they show up every four to six weeks to take donations, Bloodmobile often has NDSU students coming in to donate.
“There’s a lot of people willing to give blood here,” Jones said, “so it’s a great place to just make it convenient to come donate instead of having to come all the way to our center.”
Kara Stegner, a freshman studying veterinary technology, was able to take time out of her schedule and give blood. She said she saw her donation as just another thing she can do to help others.
“I think it’s really important for all of us to work together to try and save lives,” Stegner said. “I think it’s awe-some if people want to help out anyway they can.”
Even though college students are busy people, campus students and faculty still found their way to the Blood-mobile and gave what blood they could.
Jones said NDSU is normally a good spot to collect blood, and this week was no exception. He said their schedule was cluttered with early sign-ups from students who wanted to make sure they could get in. While they sometimes take in walk-ins, sometimes they don’t even have staff slots available because they are booked solid.
“It’s really nice,” he said. “We usually have full schedules every time we come here.
United Blood Services also goes to various other places in the Fargo- Moorhead area, including every college in the community. Jones said going out and getting donations is vital because many people either don’t have time to make it to the center in town. Jones also said donating might not even be something that comes to some people’s minds, so bringing the Bloodmobile to them is key to securing more blood.
“We do all the colleges in town,” he said. “We go all over western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and northern South Dakota.”
Stegner said giving blood not only helps out those in need of blood, but it also speaks to the contributions a community is capable of.
“I’ve always been one for giving back to my community,” Stegner said. “I know that there’s people who need this blood. I’ll always get new blood.”
Jones elaborated that donating blood is an unknown process because they can’t know how many people will show up, if they are eligible to donate or even what blood type each person may have. However, he claimed that, more often than not, many people are willing to give blood whenever United Blood Services make a stop.
“It’s important that we get the donations because blood donors have been kind of slowing down in recent times,” Jones said. “It’s just less people willing to donate. So, as much blood as we can get to keep our blood supply up is im¬portant.”