El Paso Community College’s blood drive for the 2019-2020 school year continues this week with a goal of reaching 3,000 pints.
Dr. Ron Stroud the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Blood Donation has been leading the blood drive at EPCC for over 15 years, with the same objective of the director before him.
Stroud has set a goal and wants to have as many as 3,000 pints of blood donated and hopes that number will be higher.
“The vision of this blood drive is to help as many people as we can,” explained Stroud.
EPCC and Vitalant, a national blood donation service, have teamed up to help serve one goal which is to help those in need of blood.
Donating blood is not a requirement but is a generous contribution to those in desperate need.
Such as those people whose lives depend on blood when their own bodies cannot produce the amount they require in a catastrophic moment.
Stroud explains that he is not asking for something he needs but something people in the direst of situations need to live.
Stroud wants anyone is capable of donating to go out and contribute.Stroud himself takes action every opportunity he gets by donating blood every year. A person is allowed to donate up to six pints a year and Stroud intends to keep up with that.
On the record, Stroud has donated 102 pints of blood which is equivalent to 17 years of blood donations and is still going and having no intention of slowing down.
Stroud and EPCC have set out a goal to be the number one blood donors in the region.
In order to achieve that goal EPCC set up blood drives to bring in as many as donations of blood as possible.
Stroud explains that this is not just an attempt to get EPCC recognition but a chance to make a huge impact on people lives.
With that the blood drives held by EPCC are year round event, rolling out monthly throughout different EPCC campuses.
The blood drive continues on September 30 at Mission del Paso and makes its way to the Northwest campus throughout the week.
Check out the EPCC website to find out where the next blood drive is located and take a chance to impact someone else’s life, at no cost to you.