Blood drive saves lives


Ella Kantz

Emily Leak and Hailey Law pose in front of the sign-up table for their blood drive on Jan. 17

Indiana University Kokomo recently hosted a blood drive orchestrated by students Emily Leak and Hailey Law.  

“Overall, the blood drive was better than we could’ve expected. When we were planning our blood drive, we had set a goal of having 40 donors and we ended the day with collecting 49 donations. One blood donation can save up to 3 lives, so we were able to potentially save up to 147 lives that day.” Leak said. “We were blown away and so thankful for all of the generosity of the students and staff on our campus.” 

With the current blood shortage, Leak expressed how vital it is for awareness to spread on the topic of blood donation.  

Locally, we are especially at an all-time low of blood supplies, and that’s very scary for our patients. Blood drives are a way that people can help their local community in a completely free manner. Having the drive here on campus makes saving lives so accessible.”  

Having the blood drive on campus also makes it easier for students and faculty to make a difference amidst their busy schedules. Those who are interested in donating can learn about blood donation and accomplish it without having to leave school or work.  

There will be other opportunities in the future to donate blood on campus for students and faculty.  

“They [donors] should first know that we are so thankful for them. Prior to donating, they should eat a healthy breakfast and start hydrating a few days prior to donating. When they come to donate, they should bring a friend with them.” Leak said.  

There will be more information given to potential donors at the sign-up booths for the drives. 

As of now, the next blood drives will be held on  Feb. 6 and 7 by Lanie Pocock, who can be contacted at [email protected]