The American Red Cross held a blood drive Monday in Lower Dansbury from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The event was sponsored by Theta Chi, an East Stroudsburg University fraternity.
Theta Chi has worked closely with the American Red Cross in previous years, most recently sponsoring two blood drives last spring semester.
“Blood drives are really useful as their results make a huge impact,” said Theta Chi’s Philanthropy Chairperson, Joseph Ercolino.
“For example, one pint of blood donated can save up to three people’s lives. Also, one pint of blood can save up to 33 infant’s lives.”
The fraternity held sign ups last week in the Student Union, but openly welcomed walk ins, bringing the total attendance to 64, meeting their goal.
The amount of blood collected will be used to help close to 200 people in need.
The American Red Cross is a foundation compiled of thousands of people, 90 percent of whom are volunteers.
Their mission is to prevent and relieve suffering around the world.
By teaching life-saving skills to their communities they can be better prepared.
An American Red Cross Volunteer and student at East Stroudsburg University, Nick Graziano explains that he volunteers “simply to help others.”
Stroudsburg local, Carol Gabrielan expresses, “it’s a good way to give back to the community and meet people while filling my time since I’ve retired.”
“Our Motto in Theta Chi is ‘assisting hands’ and by working with the Red Cross, we are able to give others that assisting hand that we all live by; It’s very rewarding,” said Jacob Hinkley, President of Theta Chi.
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