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Youth Success Stories

Blood Drive Coordinators Share Their Experiences

Youth Success Stories

“Like most college students, I have a busy schedule and juggle a wide variety of extracurricular activities, but I volunteer for the American Red Cross because I know I am making a direct impact on someone’s life with every single donation that I help collect. It isn’t hard to convince students to participate when I explain that they could help save up to three lives with their one donation...and who doesn’t want to save a life?”

Maddison , DePauw University


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“Being a Red Cross volunteer has developed my skills to be of service to others, which is the first step to becoming a leader in any situation.”

Matt , Middle Tennessee State University


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“Organizing and coordinating blood drives is the most rewarding experience a person could have. Just the fact alone that you are saving lives puts things into perspective. For the first time since I've been at Columbia College, the blood drives my senior year have increased, and it can be credited to face-to-face recruitment and vigorous advertising. The real reward comes when potential donors recognize your face and ask you questions concerning the blood drive, which shows that they are interested as well. This opportunity and experience to make a difference in my college community's awareness has been priceless and I wouldn't exchange it for anything!”

Megan, Columbia College


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“Coordinating blood drives is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had the privilege of participating in while at Siena Heights University. From my experience on a college campus, it is amazing to reach out to students, faculty and staff to recruit and educate donors. But it is more than recruiting donors, it is about making donating a community effort on campus. It is about knowing that we are saving lives together. The American Red Cross blood drives have become a traditional and anticipated event for our college and local community to look forward to each semester. If you have a chance to step up while in college, grab on and make a difference - this is the exact way to make it happen!”

Kati, Siena Heights University


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“Being the bridge between the Red Cross and my campus is a very rewarding thing to be a part of. The experience you gain from interacting with so many people and the blood drive itself is one thing, but actually knowing that you are helping make an impact on other peoples lives is another. At Oklahoma Wesleyan, everyone really embraced the opportunity the Red Cross gave us. Although at times is can be challenging it is also very rewarding.”

Gene, Oklahoma Wesleyan University


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“Coordinating a blood drive is a very unique experience. As a student-athlete who is already required to juggle athletics and academics, it has been difficult trying to take on additional responsibilities. However, being a part of the American Red Cross has been a blessing. The opportunity to work alongside the American Red Cross was unexpected, but it's something that I wouldn't trade. I've fought through stressful times and crazy schedules to coordinate drives on my campus. However, individuals on my campus and in my community responded whole-heartedly by participating in my blood drives. Knowing that my efforts are saving the lives of others is a gift that I will always cherish. My experience in the NAIA/ARC Youth Leadership Program has changed me as a person and I will forever be an advocate for the values and principles that are embraced by both wonderful organizations.”

Katie, Georgetown College


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“Interacting with the Red Cross and the Houghton community has been a wonderful experience. Being on Houghton's campus, I have had the privilege of working with students, either through their volunteer efforts, marketing schemes, and/or donating blood to help others and make a difference. I'm so proud to say that over 400 units of blood were donated this past year in Houghton, higher than any other year on campus; so many lives can be saved as a result of such giving. It's experiences like this that have really shown me the compassion of my peers. It has been truly rewarding and I look forward to what we can do as a college and community next year!”

Lisa, Houghton College


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“Being able to go to DC and be taught under the Red Cross, is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The Red Cross really helps to prepare you for running blood drives. After helping run the first one last semester, I realized that it is tough work. However, I also realized the Red Cross loves what they do and they are good at it! I love being able to walk around campus and have people ask me about when the next blood drive is, or how they can sign up for the blood drive. The Red Cross has taught me so much, they have given people a way to help out. When I watch the students give blood then walk out of the room with a huge smile on their face, I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the Red Cross. I also realize how much each person loves to know what it is like to save a life. It doesn't matter how old you are or young, all that matters is people love being able to help someone else. The Red Cross gives you this opportunity, and everyday my life has been different because of this.”

Elyse, Montreat College


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“I have truly embraced the opportunity to learn about the American Red Cross while in Washington D.C. I am thankful to not only to have the knowledge, but also the ability to bring the information home with me to utilize on my campus, The University of Saint Francis. I have been blessed with support from the athletic department, the Nursing department, and other organizations on campus and in the surrounding community to not only help in organizing the drives, but also to help draw in donors. Being a student-athlete, sometimes time can be limited and often very stressful. However, a successful blood drive is well worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears that are endured throughout the coordination and recruitment processes. The ARC/NAIA Youth Leadership program has been nothing less than rewarding and is something truly remarkable that I will carry with me forever.”

Amanda, University of Saint Francis, IN


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“When I first thought about coordinating blood drives on campus I was suddenly overwhelmed with all that would go into it. However, when I started making contacts and marketing for the American Red Cross blood drive I realized how much of an impact I could make on my local community. Coordinating these drives has taught me a great deal and with each drive, I learn something new. The feeling after a blood drive is complete is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever had. It’s realizing the impact I have helped make by promoting and coordinating a blood drive and giving so many people a second chance at life through the units of blood that are collected on Ursuline College’s campus. I, personally, am a blood donor who helps save the lives of 3 people, but being able to coordinate drives and really increase the amount of donors on campus is even more rewarding.” What a great opportunity to get involved and spread the word about the impact each person can make through American Red Cross blood donation!”

Meghann, Ursuline College