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Donating blood with the Red Cross

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BY STERRY CODRINGTON

A steady crowd of donors laid on tables set up in the Martin Institute, ready to give blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive March 23.

Donors were required to first do a pre-screening test while they waited. Peaceful music played in the background, relaxed donors prepped for their blood donation.

Senior Nate Morris was one of the donors.

“I feel like I’m big enough and in good enough shape to use the alternative way. I donate blood every year and it’s really not that bad at all. I mean I get a little dizzy but it only last for about 30 seconds,” Morris said.

Another senior, Mary Blaine, said she was nervous to donate, even though she has donated before.

“It was very nerve racking for me, I thought I was going to pass out. I started donating two years ago but every time I go, I still have those knots in my stomach. It’s important to me to donate because I want help others in need,” Blaine said.

“ It makes me feel like I’m somewhat doing my part if I donate blood or extra clothes every year when the time comes.”

Sophomore Ted Williams said he donates because it is the right thing to do.

“I think it’s a very good cause. Why wouldn’t you want to help someone in need? I only started donating my blood because I believe in the cause. I believe that there are still some good people out there that do not need to be motivated by a check,” Williams said.

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