By Caroline Ryan
LIU Post is hosting the first blood drive of the spring 2015 semester on March 3 and 4. The blood drive will take place in the lower level of Hillwood Commons between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Office of Campus Life is coordinating the blood drive with the New York Blood Center.
The goal of the drive is to collect 700 units of blood. “The New York Blood Center holds three blood drives over four days each semester, and one to two additional times in the summer,” said Jennifer Low, the director of Marketing and Advancement Operations at LIU Post.
Donations vary, but usually the single days have between 30-60 donations, and the two-day drives in October and March get between 150- 200 donations. Senior Political Science major Melissa Jean plans to donate. “I encourage people to do it because it’s a half hour out of your day, it saves lives, and it’s nice to give back,” Jean said.
To be eligible to donate, you must have photo ID, be a minimum weight of 110 pounds, between the ages of 16 and 75, and you cannot have gotten a tattoo in the past 12 months. Students should eat well and drink lots of fluids prior to donation.
To schedule an appointment to donate, or if you would like more information on the blood drive, contact Campus Life at 516-299-2800. If you have any medical questions, call the New York Blood Center at 1-800- 688-0900. To volunteer at the blood drive, contact Campus Life Coordinator Arianna Livreri at Arianna.Livreri@liu.edu, or visit her office in Hillwood Commons room 217.