Monday night’s Carter Blood Care on-campus blood drive wasn’t what its team leader was expecting, which she said tends to be an average of 60 blood donors. After five hours parked behind Clark Hall, Carter Blood Care had 20 volunteers donate blood – far from the average, said Adriana Lambert, team leader of the blood drive.
“It’s been steady, actually, it’s been kind of slow,” Lambert said.
It wasn’t until nearly 7 p.m. that the final six donors walked into the Carter Blood Care bus, she said.
The blood drive took place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot behind Clark Hall. Lambert said the location probably caused the slow night because usually they hold blood drives in front of the Student Center but they had to be relocated because of construction.
“Usually we’ll get like 60 people.” Lambert said. Though she said the last blood drive, which was hosted by a sororityin February, brought around 80 donors.
Carter Blood Care helps supply county hospitals with blood, she said. To maintain a stable supply, a total of 800 donors are needed from blood drives each day – the blood drive at TCU was just one of those drives.
Freshman Corey Rollins said this was his fifth time giving blood, something he said he does because he wants to contribute to the community’s need for blood donors.
“I know if I were in the same situation I would need someone to donate blood,” said the entrepreneurial management major.
He said a few of his friends did donate blood, but not many students seemed to know about it. Rollins said he heard about the blood drive through word-of-mouth.
Even though he has given blood several times, Rollins said he did feel a little light-headed this time.
Rosa Garcia, a phlebotomist for Carter Blood Care, said people tend to get light-headed because they either don’t eat well before they give blood or because it’s their first time.
“We had another who felt light-headed, but it’s a normal reaction,” Garcia said.
Garcia, who has been with Carter Blood Care for two years, said universities tend to be good places for donors, but people may not have the time to give blood because of the busy holidays.
Lambert said the number of blood donors tends to slow down this time of year.
“People are getting into that holiday spirit, and it’s rush, rush, rush,” she said.