By Alaya Gunnell-Brake, Briesha Stidham & Brittaney Lander
Middle College students participated in the blood drive that was held at Ozarks Technical Community College on Sept. 12 in Lincoln Hall, OTC Officials said.
American Red Cross comes and sets up blood drives that are run by the honors program about twice a year, Director of Honors Program Todd Yerby said.
“I love the opportunity my honor students get in actively participating in the blood drives,” Yerby said. “It’s always a great learning experience for them that they wouldn’t usually get the chance to have.”
Middle College students were among the volunteers.
Senior Ashley Roope said that she went and donated a pint of blood on Friday and that the check in process took about 10 minutes.
“I donate blood every year,” Middle College student Matt Winter said. “I feel good giving back to the community.”
Yerby said that they do blood drives four times throughout the year and that they also participate in many other community service activities.
The four blood drives that are held throughout the school year are not just run by Red Cross but also the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
“This drive was very successful,” Yerby said. “We donated 24 units of blood in four hours.”
The Red Cross has been open since the 1950s and has been doing blood drives at OTC for about two years, Red Cross Communication Manager Dan Fox said.
“As long as we need the blood the Red Cross will be open,” Fox said. “The blood gets donated to a variety of places.”