Time for Tritons to roll up their sleeves to save lives

College prepares for first post-COVID blood drive


Jason Leung

One of the signs on campus pointing attendees to the building where the blood drive will take place.

Saving lives starts with you.

On Tuesday, Edmonds College will welcome the Snohomish County division of the American Red Cross Association for the college’s first blood drive since the pandemic. The blood drive has been in the works since early January, and upwards of 60 people – students, staff, faculty, and members of the community – are expected to turn out between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Since this will be the first blood drive after Covid-19, excitement can be felt throughout the college, officials say, as collaborators from the CSEL, ODEN, CRC, and WC departments prepare for the much-anticipated event. Previously, blood drives at the college have been held in Woodway 202, but Tuesday’s event will be in the cafeteria located in Brier Hall.

As the college begins to revitalize the partnership, Edmonds can look forward to biquarterly drives, officials say.

Many people at Edmonds College want to find ways to give back to the surrounding community. That is why the upcoming blood drive is so great. Hospitals are constantly in need of a wide range of blood types to help those in the community.

The recent pandemic has confirmed to many healthcare professionals that blood is a very precious commodity. Eduardo Torres, assistant director of the Student Life Office, shared that not only is donating a way for you to “provide a safety net, an opportunity for someone else to continue to live,” you are also changing lives by providing hope to those in need.

Those with the desire to give back to the community in this way can sign up online at Schedule a Blood Donation Appointment Here. Walk-ins are also welcome. For those signed up, make sure to bring a photo ID. In order to keep everyone healthy, information regarding your past medical history is helpful.

Participating in the 30 minute donation process is a small price to pay, because your contribution can make a huge impact on someone else’s life.