Just recently, El Paso Community College finished a week of a district blood drive at the various campuses around the city.
Donor care specialists, Christina Trujillo and Manuel Tarin, preparing the mobile station for volunteers to give blood at the Valle Verde campus.
“One blood donation can save up to three lives,” said Evan Aguilar, member of the United Blood Services.
Each semester EPCC hosts a blood drive so students at the college have the opportunity to donate blood to those in need.
The blood drives will continue throughout February.
During the Fall 2016 semester, 942 pints of blood were donated throughout the district, said by James Stroud, the director of institutional effectiveness at the college.
This adds to the already glowing reputation that EPCC has had over the past 12 years, being the number one donor of blood in the region.
If they can out do the numbers that they achieved last semester then they will maintain their spot as the number one donor for 13 years, Stroud said.
Now the question is who should donate?
“Everyone is welcome to donate: faculty, staff, students and the community, as the campus blood drives are open to the public," Stroud said.
Since all blood types are needed anyone should come to donate, United Blood Services officials said.
However, before you donate there are a few things that you should know.
The most important thing is that you need to be 18 years or older in order to donate blood.
However, you can donate if you’re 16 or 17 with your parent's permission.
United Blood Services officials recommend to eat something on the day that you donate.
Before you get set up to donate, as the process will drain your blood sugar.
Aguilar said that,“by donating two to three times a year the rate of heart attack decreases by 88 percent.”
The reason for this is that by donating blood, the body cycles out the old blood and makes new, fresh blood in its place.
By donating, you are helping people in need around the El Paso area, since all the blood that is donated is sent to local hospitals.
The blood drive will go around to multiple EPCC campuses throughout the month of February.
They will be at the Valle Verde Campus in blood mobiles outside of the cafeteria on Feb. 6, 7, 8, and 10.
Then they’ll go to the Mission Del Paso Campus from Feb. 13 until the 16 in blood mobiles, and at the end visit the Northwest campus from Feb. 21 to the 23 in the lobby outside of the Dean’s office.
So if you have the time to spare, why not donate blood and help people in need.