By Devin Swift
Do you have any blood to spare?
Chemeketa’s Campus Crusade for Christ club, commonly called CRU, is planning two blood drives with the American Red Cross and is asking for donators.
Jerry Clark, the president of CRU, said, “I am very proud of our Chemeketa students as they have given and continue to give generously to the needs of our community. Through the various community service projects and blood drives, students give with a caring heart.
“CRU has been coordinating only one blood drive per school term in the past. Thanks to CAMP, there has been an additional one in the winter or spring term as well. However, with the current economic shift, there has been a ripple effect to the blood donations in our Willamette Valley.”
CAMP is the College Assistance Migrant Program. It is a federally funded program that supports students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds during their first year in college.
The recruiting and donation times are as follows:
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9: Blood donation in Bldg. 34;
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8: Blood drive recruiting in Bldg. 2 at the welcome tables;
Noon to 5 p.m. May 15: Blood drive recruiting in Bldg. 2 at the welcome tables; and
Noon to 5 p.m. May 22: Blood donation in Bldg. 34.
There is a strong need in the community for blood, according to Susan Barfield, the territory representative of the American Red Cross.
Barfield said, “The fact is, we are not collecting enough blood to cover the needs of the hospital patients in our area and therefore have resorted to importing blood products from other collection agencies. Please help us stress the urgency to the public so that we may again reach our collection goals and cover our local hospital orders.”
Clark also wants to reassure first-time donators that the process is essentially painless.
“I have given over 48 times, but I still look away when they administer the poke of the needle. I just don’t want to flinch. It is nothing more than a quick pinch,” Clark said.