Alpha Phi Omega holds biannual blood drive

Organization teams with American Red Cross


Photo by Sam Martinez

Story by Sam Martinez, Staff Writer

Campus service organization Alpha Phi Omega partnered with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Monday and Tuesday in the Ojibwe Room in the Davies Center.


APO brings the all-day event to campus every semester, and president Tyler Clark said they usually average about 150 donors a day.


The American Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply to around 2,700 hospitals across the United States.


Clark said the blood drive went smoothly, and working with the people from the Red Cross was a great experience.


“They are all very happy and exciting people,” Clark said. “They love their job, and it’s exciting working with them.”


Donors could walk in to give blood without making an appointment; however they must meet a few eligibility requirements.


Prior to having their blood drawn, donors must have their blood pressure taken and take a test to ensure they have enough iron in their blood. The blood drawing process usually takes between eight to 10 minutes.


Donors and volunteers alike received snacks, refreshments and pizza at the event. They even played some movies for people to watch before and after their donations.


UW-Eau Claire student Aaron Hahn donated blood in high school, but Monday was his first time giving blood at an Eau Claire blood drive.


He said he donates because he knows how valuable his blood can be to people who really need it.


“I don’t have anybody I directly know that’s impacted,” Hahn said. “But they always give out the statistic that you could help up to three people with just your one donation.”


According to the Red Cross, many of the people who need donated blood are patients diagnosed with conditions such as sickle-cell anemia and cancer as well as victims of car accidents.

Anybody who wishes to donate blood but missed the drive can make an appointment online or over the phone at the Red Cross’s Chippewa Valley blood donation center located on East Hamilton Avenue.