Spread the love, donate blood this Valentine’s Day

Published: February 6, 2024 Author: Staff reports

The Ohio University Southern Student Nurses Association wants the community to share the love this Valentine’s Day by donating blood.

The OHIO students will be hosting a blood drive in partnership with American Red Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Ohio University Southern’s Riffe Rotunda.

“We have already filled 31 of the 53 donation appointments we had as a goal,” said Assistant Professor of Instruction Nicole Stumbo.

Those who wish to donate can skip the line by registering in advance. And those who donate during the month of February are eligible for a $20 Amazon.com gift card.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, either for surgery, cancer treatment, chronic illness or a traumatic injury, according to American Red Cross.

Stumbo said 180 people have benefitted from donations received during the last two blood drives.

“It’s so important to donate,” she said.

The Student Nurses Association does more than assist with blood drives – the members are also avid volunteers supporting local civic clubs. They’ve worked on collections for the Harvest for the Hungry food pantry, Christmas outreach programs, the Ironton Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast, and the Ironton Lions Club Halloween parade and costume contest.

“A lot of our job is to take care of the community,” said Stumbo, adding that being visible and showing their commitment to their community can help with relationships when nurses and community members meet again in a healthcare setting.

The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Riffe Rotunda at Ohio University Southern. Lines can be avoided by registering in advance.