This past week in the MUB, the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive for UNH students, faculty, and other local residents. Donors have the ability to sign up for an appointment or be a walk-in. This is a great and simple way for people to give back to the community. The American Red Cross nurses are always very friendly, which is awesome because I have the tendency to be talkative to distract myself from the needles. In addition, they have always allowed me to bring a friend to sit by me and keep me company during the process while also serving as a distraction.
This is now the fourth pint of blood I’ve donated within the past year and a half; the last three have all been done at UNH blood drives. One Red Cross nurse in particular remembers me and comes over to say hello when she sees me because I frequently donate — she refers to me as the “chatty slow donor.” Evidently, I take a long time to donate blood, but my parents joke that it comes from my laid-back genes! Being a huge fan of doing community service, I feel satisfied after completing a blood donation despite the needles and fatigue. The experience is so rewarding for me in the long run and my favorite part is receiving an email notifying me of how many lives my blood has saved!
Written by Rachel Afrow, UNH Class of 2016.