Students roll-up their sleeves to save lives

By Gabrielle Lover
Photo Editor

Photo by Gabrielle Lover
A nurse helps Jerdewarrene Farrar, a sophomore, as he gives blood on Jan. 19 as part of the Zeta Tau Alpha and American Red Cross blood drive.

Around 77 of UNCP's students, staff and faculty registered to donate blood on Jan. 19 to give to the American Red Cross. The goal of the drive was to collect 99 units, and they collected 69.

The drive was held in the University Center from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and was sponsored by one of UNCP's fraternities, Zeta Tau Alpha. The job of ZTA was to make sure everyone checked in and was sent to the right locations throughout the day.

It was important for them to be there for the nurses and donors in order to get water to whomever was in need. Also, they made sure that snacks and drinks were provided to those who had just given blood. Emily Duke, a freshman, was one of 15 first time donors who decided to give that day.

"It felt good to know that I was helping someone out," Duke said. Another freshman, Everette Coley, gave blood for his third time. "I felt great helping someone and the ladies of ZTA took great care of me afterwards," he said.

Those who donated were thanked by receiving one of two certificates giving them a free sandwich at KFC or one 8 in., one topping pizza from Pizza Inn.

The next blood drive will be on April 7 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The blood drive will be co-sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha.