American Red Cross Blood Drive at San Diego Job Corps Center
September 21st, 2011
“Our goal for today’s blood drive is 80 units,” advised American Red Cross Customer Service Representative Chau Nhien Nguyen, as she assisted Job Corps students waiting to donate blood. The September 19, 2011 blood drive was the third this year at the Job Corps Center and students and staffed donated 76 units of blood. The total units donated for the year now stands at 260 pints, with the last drive of the year scheduled for November.
The American Red Cross reminds donors that each pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. So far this year 780 lives have been saved by Job Corps’ donations. “The nation’s blood supply has been seriously compromised by Hurricane Irene, the fires in Texas and other events throughout the country, “stated Carina Kagan, American Red Cross Account Manager. “While the summer is a critical time for us, our most critical period is from November to January. We’re very pleased that Job Corps will host another blood drive later in the year.”
“Our Student Government Association officers are great about putting out information to our students and staff about the importance of donating blood,” advised Student Government Specialist Claudia Chavez, “and with scheduling their appointments. Our student population continually changes as students complete the program, so it’s always good to see new students donating blood for the first time, along with students who have donated in the past.”
Donating blood for the second time this year was 19 year old Floor Covering trade student Roberto Ascencio. “I donate blood because someone else might need it,” he stated. “It’s a good way to help others and it’s painless,” he said with a smile.