On Wednesday, January 30th, UIS students and faculty put their needle anxieties aside to help a worthy cause, collecting a total of 34 units for the Central Illinois Community Blood Center. The center is a nonprofit organization serving 14 different hospitals in the area. Their work is especially important during this time of year, when sickness and injury are commonly caused by the cold weather.
The event was held in the Lincoln Residence Hall, which has hosted many successful blood drives in the past. 37 donors participated, five of whom had never given blood before. First-time donor Kayla Ico replied, “I was kind of freaking out at first – you have a lot of time to think about how much that needle’s going to hurt. But it really wasn’t bad at all, and I felt great afterward - like I really made a difference!”
If you weren’t able to make the UIS blood drive, don’t sweat it; you can donate blood at the center’s Springfield office on 1134 S. Seventh Street. The center also has a number of work and volunteer opportunities. For more information, go to cicbc.org or call them at (217) 753-1530.