Blood drive draws positive response

For The Clarion News

PennWest Clarion University students, staff and the public turned out Nov. 28 to support an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Gemmell Student Complex multipurpose room.

People eagerly lined up to support the cause and donate their blood. The schedule for the event was full of generous donors.

“Many volunteers signed up for the drive online but some are walk-ins,” said a volunteer.

Student volunteers offered ice cream, lollipops, cookies, and other snacks to all who participated.

The Red Cross holds about 500 blood drives a day to help those in hospitals all over the nation. In the past couple years there has been a critical shortage of type O blood in hospitals which is one of the reasons why these blood drives are so important.

In larger areas and counties in the country, there has been a lack of donors in the past year. In January, the Red Cross entered a blood drive crisis where not many citizens were donating due to new COVID variants.

The Red Cross has only partially recovered since then, as they still struggle to find a surplus of donors.

A spokeswoman with the Northwestern Pennsylvania Red Cross, said, “The shortage of donors is still largely affecting us as a company, but we are hoping to receive a decent amount of volunteers this winter.

“There is still a chance for those in need of blood and the Red Cross will hopefully pull through and acquire the donors they so desperately need this season.”


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