(SWEETWATER) – Texas State Technical College will host a Meek Blood Center blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in front of the Student Center on the TSTC campus in Sweetwater.
Griselda Sanchez, community standards liaison at TSTC, said the students requested that the school host the drive.
“They wanted to donate and asked if I could make that arrangement,” she said.
Sanchez hopes to make the blood drive a recurring event on campus.
“We have had this in the past, but it was a few years back,” she said. “I want to make it a regular thing, and the Meek Blood Center is really excited to do that. I feel like TSTC should be known as a location that not only is here to educate our students in technologies, but also in serving opportunities.”
TSTC hopes the drive will help those in need of this lifesaving gift.
“Many have a personal tie to donating, so in lieu of naming this drive, I hope each student and employee who donates comes with their special person in mind,” Sanchez said.
Frances Baker, marketing and business development manager at Meek Blood Center, said donating blood is a powerful action.
“We don’t have a lot of opportunities in our lives to save someone else’s life, but blood donation is one way to do that,” Baker said. “You can save three lives with one donation. There’s a lot of power in the blood.”
Sanchez said everyone benefits from the drive.
“Those in need of blood benefit, and those who donate will feel like they have made a difference.”
Meek donations benefit patients over a large area.
“Meek Blood Center provides blood to 17 area hospitals, including Sweetwater’s Rolling Plains,” Baker said.
Donors will receive a T-shirt. For more information on the blood drive, call 325-235-7311.