Students participate in CSU blood drive

By Chad Wright

February 4, 2019

The Cleveland State University Health Center partnered with the non-profit organization Vitalant to put on a blood drive in the Berkman Hall auditorium Jan. 22 through Jan. 23.

According to Chika Morkah, graduate student worker at the health center, blood drives at Cleveland State have been held for about 15 years and are typically well attended. The latest drive was no exception

Though the event was in the second week of the semester, the blood drive drew higher numbers than the drive held late last semester. Spreading awareness for the event was not an issue despite the short time students were back in school.

“As long as the school is in session, students will come out and donate blood,” Morkah said.

Students who participated in the blood drive received Viking Outfitters and Chipotle gift cards as an incentive to donate blood. Vitalant also offers scholarships for students who donate blood for more than a year in their blood drives. Other incentives, like water bottles, are also given out to increase the number of donors who attend the event.

Cleveland State hosts multiple drives annually, some sponsored by Vitalant and others sponsored by the American Red Cross. The health center has been hosting blood drives since 2004.

The sponsor organizations fund and provide staff for the blood drives. It is up to the health center and Cleveland State to promote and host the events.

The auditorium at Berkman Hall is an ideal space for the event, according to Morkah, allowing space for equipment as well as participants.

Before participating in the drive, students must complete paper work and meet general standards, such as being in good health and weighing more than 110 pounds to participate in a blood drive.

Sign up for the drive was available in the student center one week before the event. Students could also sign-up online with an access code printed on promotional materials associated with the event.

The goals of the blood drives are “Giving back to the community and creating awareness for blood donation.” Morkah said, “At the same time, we want to educate college students about blood donation.”

The health center and the American Red Cross will host the next blood drive Feb. 22 and 23. Vitalant will host another drive April 8 and 9. Both drives will have similar incentive and sign-up procedures.


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