Editorial | Eligible students should participate in blood drive
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 08:10
This week the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), is holding its tri-annual on-campus blood drive in Carmichael Hall’s main lounge. A post by the LCS on TuftsLife expresses the importance of the event, saying that “the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.” We at The Tufts Daily urge everyone who is able to participate to do so.
Blood donation became a major story over the past summer when it was revealed that America’s blood supply had dropped to its lowest in 15 years, according to ABC News. The need for donation and donors, therefore, is not understated in the slightest.
Here are a few facts from the Red Cross’ website that may sway potential donors: Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. Five million patients a year in the United States need blood for any number of purposes, including emergencies. A person who was in a car crash can need up to 100 pints of blood. Over 44,000 donations are needed on a daily basis. One pint of blood — which is the approximated amount given during each blood donation — can save up to three lives.
We are not the first to tell you that if you are eligible to give blood, you should. We are also aware that not everyone on campus will be eligible to participate for varied reasons — indeed, the Red Cross states that less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. With midterm season in full swing, it is all too easy to find an excuse not to donate. But according to the Red Cross’ website, the average donation time hovers around 10 to 12 minutes. Considering the limited time required and the convenience of this event taking place right on campus, this drive is an opportunity the Tufts community should take advantage of to the fullest extent.