The Community Health Goal program, with the help of the Niedfeldt Residence and the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, partnered with the Red Cross in the Spring 2019 blood drive on Feb. 18 in the Grewcock Student Union.
To date, Hillsdale College has hosted 32 blood drives and collected 2743 units of blood. The crew hoped to reach the semester goal of 105 donors to build off of the momentum of last semester’s success.
Junior Adrianne Fogg has volunteered for the last three blood drives, and she was in charge of the social media campaign.
“Last semester was the first time we’ve gone over our goal; generally we go under pretty significantly,” Fogg said.
The team missed their target goal by 13 donors, finishing the day with a total of 92 donors.
According to GOAL Community Health Program Leader Sarah Becker, they might have reached the required number but students were “ineligible due to low hemoglobin levels, sickness, and other factors.”
Dan Shanley, a junior and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity member said, “Even though we did not reach our goal, we still donated about 75 units of blood, which is still an amazing accomplishment.”
Becker said she was pleased with the student turnout and the positive environment it created.
“I was at the blood drive at different points throughout the day and was thrilled to see so many students eager to donate and volunteer,” Becker said. “There’s something about helping others in such a tangible and meaningful way that creates a unique environment of excitement and energy.”
Becker is excited for the Red Cross to come back next year as “[they] plan to have blood drives each fall and each spring.”