STC Blood Drives Exceed Goals in Swainsboro, Vidalia
February 28, 2013 - The American Red Cross and Southeastern Technical College exceeded donation goals at blood drives in Swainsboro and Vidalia on February 21.
With goals of 22 units in Swainsboro and 21 in Vidalia, the drive generated donations of 23 and 30 units, respectively. Vidalia’s donation total was the highest for the campus since October 2009.
“Red Cross cannot save lives without civic-minded organizations such as Southeastern Technical College and its faculty, staff and students' dedication and support,” said Nancy Martin, senior account manager for American Red Cross-Southern Blood Services Region.
Southeastern Tech’s primary motivators for the events were practical nursing classes, headed by instructors Beth Hendrix in Swainsboro and Donna Jean Braddy in Vidalia.
“About four times a year, as donors may donate blood every 56 days, the senior Practical Nursing class hosts an American Red Cross blood drive,” said Braddy.
The process began several weeks prior, as practical nursing students headed up the recruitment of donors. This included STC peers, friends, family, coworkers and local businesses.
“The students did an excellent job,” said Hendrix. “They tried to convince people to donate to help save a life, maybe one of their family members’ or their own. We educated them on the blood shortages and how many drives have recently had to be cancelled due to the weather.”
The need for blood donations is always high. According to US figures from the American Red Cross, five million patients need blood every year and every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.
“These are amazing statistics,” said Braddy. “As nurses and future nurses, we are in the business of helping patients and saving lives. We never know when we or our family may be in need of blood, so we need to do our part and donate.”
The Swainsboro nursing class did just this. On the day of the blood drive, with several donors unable to attend, students donated themselves. In fact, the majority of donations in Swainsboro came from Southeastern Tech faculty, staff and students.
For more information on STC’s practical nursing programs, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.