The ENMU Hispanic Affairs Office hosted a Blood Drive on Thursday, March 23 and took place in the Sandia room of the Campus Union Building. The drive lasted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and included a complimentary cholesterol test with each donation.
The event was named the Cesar Chavez Challenge, to honor the famous Mexican American labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. United Blood Services, a nonprofit organization that provides blood and blood services to over 700 hospitals in 22 states, performed the procedures. They primarily commute throughout southwestern New Mexico, covering towns from Portales, Clovis, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Artesia, and more.
The thought of donating blood may be intimidating, but there are many reasons why it’s an important and beneficial practice. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. In the case of an emergency, the blood must be ready on hand. The average donation is around a pint. The more pints that are on hand, the more lives can be saved.
Gary Joseph, an ENMU alumni who was on hand to donate said, “I really like to donate blood. The feeling that I get, knowing my blood could help save the lives of others -that is the best. It’s scary at first, especially if you aren’t too fond of needles like I am but you get used to it. The first time I did it, a friend of mine brought me a huge chocolate chip cookie afterwards and that made everything immediately better!”
The first 60 donors received a free Cesar Chavez Blood Drive t-shirt just for participating and every donor earned points that could be redeemed for prizes such as t-shirts, movies and ice cream. The United Blood Services Bloodmobile will make a return to ENMU on Apr. 19, 2018.