K-State blood drive collects 497 donations in four days

Nikkia Mukey, an American Red Cross nurse, draws a blood from volunteer Mark Bacon during Red Cross fall blood drive at K-State Union on September 25, 2017. (Saya Kakim | Collegian Media Group)

This semester’s blood drive at Kansas State University collected 497 pints of blood, falling 53 pints short of its goal of 550.

In recent years, the K-State blood drive has also fallen short of its goals. With decreased participation, donations have fallen from approximately 800 pints per blood drive to only 550.

“While it may not be the most fun getting stuck with a needle, the person on the other end of that pinch is in a crisis,” said Jan Hale, external communications manager for the American Red Cross. “Doing something for that person is the ultimate ‘pay it forward.’”

This year’s goal for K-State faculty and students was 550 or more donations. K-State has the largest collegiate drive that American Red Cross works with each year and is also one of the biggest drives overall in Kansas, Hale said.

Once a student donates, the blood is tested and delivered to a hospital to help save up to three lives.

Blake Medley, sophomore in mechanical engineering and community service chair of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, participated in the collegiate blood drive in numerous ways. Medley said he helped with outreach to students and organizations, posted information in K-State Today and wore the blood drop costume you may have seen walking across campus.

“Working for the blood drive is a very rewarding experience that can directly impact the lives of people in our community,” Medley said. “I encourage anyone and everyone to donate or volunteer to help those people in need.”

Hannah Miller, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, said she has donated numerous times in the past in both high school and college. She said she noticed the donation rooms seemed extremely bare compared to previous years.

“Donating blood is a simple process that takes very little time,” Miller said. “It not only impacts others, but could possibly save a life.”