ASO hosts campus blood drive with the American Red Cross

The Associated Students Organization (ASO) participated with the American Red Cross in collecting  blood  donations during their monthly blood drive, Wednesday March 19, according to the Associated Student Organization.

Students came to the event from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. to enjoy snacks, tunes, and save some lives.

ASO President Gus Sandoval helped organize the drive, and pointed out that the ASO has worked with the Red Cross in the past.

“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the Red Cross,” Sandoval said. “It’s part of our community welfare outreach.”

The Red Cross has provided a consistent, comfortable atmosphere at every oncampus drive, according to Sandoval.

The nonprofit organization hosts theses events at Pierce for free.

“They want us to start getting fair market value for the use of our facilities,” Sandoval said. “Our administrative services are pushing to make sure that happens.”

Courtney Caldwell, a Red Cross donor recruitment representative, said Pierce’s ASO helped find more donors.

“I’m in charge of getting the word out there and ASO helps me do that,” Caldwell said.

The Red Cross usually sets up four blood drives every semester that draws an average of 300 units of blood a year, according to Caldwell.

Morgan Winston, a 19-year-old nursing major, said she was nervous the first time she gave blood, but found it was not such a bad experience.

“I was really nervous because a lot of people were like, ‘you’ll feel really dizzy after’,” Morgan said. “But I felt fine.”

Students and faculty that missed the drive can go to the Red Cross’ Woodland Hills Donor center to give blood or visit to make an appointment.