Greek Life’s yearly donations

Fraternities and sororities give back to the community

By Alora Ferrera
On April 28, 2016

   

Freshman Alan Velasquez gets prepped to donate blood for one of Delta Zeta’s blood drives.

  Greek Life donated to a variety of charities this academic year to help improve the lives of others and to encourage a positive change in the community. Greek Life consists of different fraternities and sororities that play an active role on ASU campus to provide learning experiences that contribute to the development of leadership, intellect, service and life-long friendships. “We helped raise over $10,000 with Laura W. Bush Institute alone for breast cancer research,” said Tyler Griffon, President of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternitiy. “We partnered up with them to put pink ribbons on the stone sheep all around town. The citizens of San Angelo then could take pictures with the sheep, and post it on their social media with the hashtag #PINKOUTSANANGELO. For every picture posted with that hashtag a bank donated $2 to the cause.” Griffon said the Laura W. Bush Institute sold shirts to help with the total of $10,000 and he believes it was a great way to bring awareness in San Angelo and raise money to find a cure for a deadly disease. 
   Other members of Greek Life also donated throughout the 2015-2016  academic year. Delta Zeta donated 70 units of blood, Tri-Beta donated 120 units and ASU as a whole donated 370 units. Each unit helps up to three people. Angelo State is the second largest donor base in the area for United Blood Services, Donor Recruitment Representative Sean Richey said. “It’s important to donate blood and clothes because there are people out there who are not privileged to have a different pair of clothes every day of the week,” Griffon said. “And it’s obvious why it is important to donate blood because there are people in very bad health circumstances that really need blood for whatever problem they are having.”
   The best way to encourage and rally students to participate in donations and events is to have members show up to whatever is going on, Griffon said, and to be excited to give back to the community. “Being positive and enthusiastic is a contagious feeling that just takes a couple of people to get a whole group to feel that way,” Griffon said. Students can also be reassured in knowing their donations can save lives and provide for the less fortunate. “Knowing  the quality of somebody’s life can get better just from a blood donation, or some old clothes you no longer use really makes it a no-question choice for me,” junior Jannik Hartmann said. “You can literally save a life.”

 

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