MC, Red Cross hold Rockville campus blood drive

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Paul Halpine prepares to give blood

Over 80 donors came down to Montgomery College’s Rockville campus last week for the  American Red Cross winter blood drive. Participants gave a total of 71 pints of blood over the two-day drive, held on Feb. 11-12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Student Activity Center.

According to Red Cross Representative David Hull, donations on Monday, Feb. 11 were some of the best they’ve had. “Monday’s turnout was great,” Hull said. “The 42 pints of blood was one of the best days at the school.”

Turn-out over the drive consisted of roughly 50 percent scheduled donors and the other half being walk-ins, which is typical of most drives held in the past. “Tuesday’s turnout was a little light,” Hull said. “That is kind of the norm for colleges. It’s really hard to predict how many [scheduled donors] will show up for the blood drive.”

With signs posted around campus and a large Red Cross truck parked next to the Campus Center, students like freshman Jordan Becker felt motivated to come and donate on the spot. “I donated at high school last year,” Becker said. “I saw a sign on campus and decided to give blood.”

Others, like the recently retired Paul Halpine (pictured), have been donors for years. “I’ve given blood countless times,” Halpine, who retired from the Montgomery College IT department only a week prior, said. “At MC, in particular, many times.”

The Red Cross will hold its next blood drive at the Rockville campus on April 23-24.

Update: Thanks to all those who gave blood last week (courtesy of the Red Cross):

HARRY KING
PAUL HALPINE
MARTEESE BROWN
NANCY NUELL
STEVEN BASSIN
JAMES ANNIS
ANNE MARIE SMITH
GIOVANNI GALLENO
STEPHEN RIORDAN
JOHNY ABUDAYEH
MICHAEL STANCHFIELD
RYAN KIM
SUSAN PADILLA
CHRISTIN SLAUGHTER
MARWAH BAHANAN
NURY CRIOLLO
YACOB BELAI
ASHLEY STENNETT
PHILLIP PERELAS
WEI HUANG
ALEXANDER MUECK
ROXANA CISNEROS
ANNA SCHWEITZER
CRAIG GLASS
SCOTT PARSONS
FILSETA AMEHA
YELBI BALIMA
TIMOTHY LEE
MONGKHOL NOIWAN
CHARLES TOEFIELD
CHARLES WELSH
JEAN-LOUIS ROCK
JORDAN BECKER
PHILIP PERIGO
JOSE CONTRERAS
JENNIFER HERNANDEZ
CARMEN CASTRO
ANDREW BEIGLARBEIGIE
FREDDY RODRIGUEZ
EZANA SEYOUM
KIRA KUEHN
HAMMA CHAUDHRY
JORDAN LICHTENSTEIN
JONATHAN PASTI
ALEKSANDRA JANHUNEN
SHARON FECHTER
PAULA MATHESON-WALKER
ROBERT HENGEN
NICOLE FOLLAIN-GRISELL
KEITH DOAR
BRIAN CRIPPIN
TATIANA BOLAT
DANIEL NOONAN
NHI NGUYEN
ROSS TALBOT
ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM
JULIA JUNGHANS
RICHARD PENN
CHRISTINA BURKE
ASHLEY STENNETT
DANIEL LIEBERMAN
ANGE CHRISTELLE API
NANCY FONKOUA-BOGNE
JANE SSEMANDA
DANAE BELL
ANDREA MEDIAVILLA
MARIE GENTILE
TONIMARIA HAWKINS
ERIC POLOWAY
DELANTE BRADLEY
ANNA SCHWEITZER
EMIL REEVE-HOWE
MARK SIEGRIST
TOLABI CAMPBELL
ALEXANDER STONE
YUJIA SUN
FELIX EZEANYAECHE
DEVAUGHN PAGE
AYITE GABA
BRITTANY BOURG
JO ANDREW VALERIANO
JIMMY NGUYEN
LESLIE HERNANDEZ
ANDREA ELLIOT
INGRID BROWN-SCOTT
TIARA RICHARDSON