I started donating blood when I was 17 years old. I started by going to the blood drive hosted by the Central California Blood Center at my high school, Edison. I would see their blood mobiles parked on campus and become curious. Thankfully, a teacher informed me that I could donate at 17, so I gave it a try and I was hooked. Instead of waiting for the Central California Blood Center to come to my campus I started to go to their facilities, donating as often as I could.
Fresno State is known for its traditions, and one in particular has literally been saving lives: on-campus blood drives. For the last blood drive of the academic year, the school is doing something a little different: hosting a blood drive competition amongst the student clubs and organizations. The interested groups will sign up for a 2-hour shift at the time, day, & location of their choice. During this time frame as well as the 3-day period, the groups will recruit potential donors whether it be other classmates, professors, or even family members. The top 3 clubs/organizations with the most recruited donors win!
The interested groups are asked to email the head coordinator, Bianca Mancilla, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wed, March 25th.
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here are a few upcoming events where YOU can serve.
Fresno State Blood DriveWhen: 02/12/13 – 02/14/13 Where: Busses located at Student Union, Education Building, Maple Mall, and Engineering East Building Times: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM Extra info: To donate you must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration. Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids four hours prior to donation. Donating blood is not painful and takes less than an hour. YOUR donation could save up to three lives! For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 559.224.2900.
Kids DayWhen: 03/05/13 Where: Throughout the Central Valley Times: Newspapers may be sold from 6:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Extra info: Join the Fresno State community in helping Children’s Hospital Central California provide health futures for all children. Register for this annual fundraiser by visiting www.fresnostate.edu/academics/cesl/about/events.html and select the Kid’s Day link. Questions can be directed to Renee Delport (email@example.com).
The love is in the air! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again; the time when a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a dozen roses will guarantee a smile from that pretty girl you like. It’s a fact that Cupid’s arrows have been longed for by people all across the globe, and for thousands of years, but is this the only way to find or express love?
Nope! That’s where your community involvement comes in! There’s no bigger sign of love than helping others around you and making them feel special, too. Plenty of organizations across the United States, and even in the Fresno area, are planning some fun Valentine’s Day-themed service projects. This month, a group of Fresno State students made Valentine’s Day packages that they delivered to children in the Valley. Or, you can donate a pint of blood to save up to three lives! This week, the Central California Blood Center will be on campus with blood mobiles at 4 different locations. It only takes a small amount of initiative, but the appreciation and love felt by those being helped will last for a long time. Take some time with your valentine to help others in a way that really makes you proud.
And for all the single guys out there: chicks dig service-learners!