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Blood drive dates can be found at epcc.edu/InstitutionalEffectiveness.
Ron Stroud, who is in his 16th year as being a director of Institutional Effectiveness at El Paso Community College, is in charge of organizing the blood drive campaign at the college.
“We have somewhere between 55 and 60 blood donation days per year, which is a lot. We have blood drives in the fall, the spring and the first half of the summer and second half of the summer,” Stroud said.
Anyone can donate as long as they are at least 16-years-old. A sample of someone who wants to donate will be tested blood-borne infections.
Potential donors are asked several questions about where they have been or if they have traveled outside the United States and how much is your weight, etc.
Those students who have never donated may need blood at one point in their life.
“You’re sitting here and you don’t know that you are going to be in a traffic accident tonight, nothing says that you can’t be in an accident,” Stroud said.
According to Stroud, EPCC’s blood drive has been number one in the region for the last ten years.
“I’m in my 11th year as coordinator of the blood drive,” Stroud said. “I work with them (United Blood Services) scheduling, making the campuses available in certain time, be sure there’s no lapping days, so they’re rarely going to two campuses at the same time.
“All this is done to make sure that blood is available to those who needed.”
Another benefit of donating blood is to know your health status.
“If you want to see a doctor and you want to check those things, they will charge you. If you donate blood that’s free,” Stroud said.