Multicultural Center hosts Blood Drive

Student organizations able to participate and help

By Rio Velasquez
On April 25, 2014

The ASU Multicultural Center Wednesday, April 30, will host its second blood drive in collaboration with organizations AMAS, RAM Rugby and Mariposas.

"Donating blood is a form of giving life," Multicultural Program Assistant Lorina Soza said. "I started donating at a young age because of my sister. It's very easy and a good cause."  
The blood drive will take place in the bloodmobile in the UC parking lot from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This will be the first time the Multicultural Center co-sponsors the blood drive with other organizations.

Soza said the Multicultural Center wanted to work with other organizations to spread the word and to get more students to participate. These students can really make a difference in a person's life, she said.

"I think it's really exciting to work with different groups like RAM Rugby," AMAS President Emily Banda said. "We are happy for the chance to be co-sponsors with the Multicultural Center for events like this. It brings the campus together and helps keep everyone informed. It definitely raises awareness."

Senior Carmela Booker said she encourages her friends to donate even if it might seem scary. "Donating blood isn't the only way you can help out. You can help spread the word and encourage others to participate," she said.

Banda said the biggest issue people have is fear that the needle would hurt, which was a misconception she had believed herself. She said that after she first donated, she realized it was a relatively painless process and encourages others to find the hero within themselves and donate.

"If students or donors do have that fear, just take a breath," Banda said, "and it's over before they think."

The Multicultural Center and United Blood Services ask that participants bring photo identification and their donor card. There will be free cholesterol-testing with the donation.

The blood drive is part of the United Blood Services' Hero in Me program. Donors will receive points within the program and a get a "superhero" photo, Soza said.

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