Alpha Eta Tau participates in at least two blood drives per academic year. Did you know that a car accident victim uses an average of 4-100 pints of blood? That is a lot! We all know how unpredictable auto accidents are. Strangers, friends, and family are all at a risk every time they get into a vehicle. Of all of the eligible people to donate, only 5 percent give blood. About 4 million people need blood each year in the United States. That's one person every two seconds, and the overwhelming majority would die without it. A single blood donation can be separated into components, which can help more than one person. In the fall of 2007, enough blood was donated at Wallace to save 123 lives! Most people are really afraid to give blood. The fear goes away after the first donation when people experience how quick and painless the procedure is. From start to finish, donating blood takes about an hour. The actual donation time is about 6 to 12 minutes. The rest of the time is spent on registration, a mini-physical (a check of your pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and iron), and a confidential health history report (a staff member will ask you detailed questions about your health. After you are done, you can relax and enjoy a snack and some juice and go about your normal schedule. Recently, the Red Cross contacted Wallace for an emergency blood drive. Alpha Eta Tau was eager to get right to work promoting the blood drive. It was a success. Twenty-six pints of blood were donated which equals up to 78 lives that can be saved! Working at blood drives gives you a great feeling. Just knowing that because of you getting the word around someone can have another chance of living their life is incredible.
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