The blood drives at EPCC have been going on for some time now, an event that was only held at two to three campuses has now become a part of all six campuses, including the Administrative Services Center.
Anyone can be elegible to donate blood. Part of the process includes blood pressure, iron availability, and body temperate tests.
Going on from Sep. 8th to Nov. 8 (day and location vary by campus) the blood drive has now become a part of EPCCs yearly routine. The yearlong event takes place once each semester and twice in the summer.
In the span of 10 years, there has been a total of 26,310 donations received in part by all campuses.
This has earned EPCC the title of “the number one blood donor in the region,” as stated by United Blood Services.
EPCC does such a great job of donating that almost all blood supplied to the people of El Paso, is from El Paso.
“There are a lot of advantages to donating that you don’t think about, one is helping others and you’ll be helping people you’ll never meet in your entire life,” according to life-long donor Ron Stroud.
Donating blood is simple and anyone can be eligible. Some information about the process includes signing up at designated areas on each campus, answering a questionnaire, and completing a brief physical which involves a blood pressure test, iron availability, and checking body temperature.
If all requirements are met a blood services employee will get you situated in a reclining chair.
The process of taking blood out will usually take no longer than 15 minutes, but it is advised to have an open schedule before signing up.
You will be rewarded with snacks and cold beverages after the donation and an extra credit slip which is accepted by many instructors at EPCC.
This event retains a steady amount of people each year but that number has been growing. All are welcomed and encouraged to come out and support our community.