Vitalant is holding blood drives across EPCC campuses throughout the semester.
Donor Relations Specialist with Vitalant, Viviana Vasquez, said, “EPCC is one of our biggest donors here in El Paso, so we collect most of our blood here along with high schools.’’
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Throughout the semester Vitalant will hold its services across the EPCC campuses.
Many students could be seen giving blood at Valle Verde voluntarily or to receive some extra credit that some teachers offer, or a combination of both.
If you’re interested in donating blood but aren’t able to at an EPCC drive, Vitalant also has centers in El Paso located in Mesa Hills and Zaragoza and Las Cruces in Commerce.
Mobile drives are also available.
Vasquez said, “We do mobile blood drives, so we have four to five blood drives every day either at workplaces, at schools, at offices, and anywhere anyone will invite us”.
One of their most extensive blood drives takes place in the span of four days at Harley Davidson locations in El Paso and Las Cruces enabled them to collect thirteen thousand units.
Blood that Vitalant collects in El Paso, Van Horn, Silver City and Las Cruces help hospitals in Texas and New Mexico.
“I feel accomplished,” computer science major, Pierre Dula-Klontz, said. ‘‘I got a little pinch in my arm, nothing too serious’’.
It was EPCC student, Dula-Klontz, first time giving blood, and when asked if he sees the blood drive having a positive impact on EPCC, he said, “I see a lot of students here donating blood, so I think it’s motivating us to help others.
I’ve always thought about it and wanted to do it.’’ Dula-Klontz recommended people try donating blood and said the extra credit opportunity is what convinced him to try it.
If you donate, you will be mailed a small card that will have your blood type in case of an emergency that would require a blood transfusion.
If you want information on Vitalant anymore or where you can donate blood, you can visit Vitalant.org to learn where blood drives are located or schedule an appointment to give whole blood, platelets, plasma, or double red cells.