Poplarville – In the last two weeks Pearl River Community College has hosted two successful blood drives by both Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing Programs, and Phi Theta Kappa honors society.
Many community members, PRCC employees, and students attended the both of these events and made a big difference in the lives of many they may never meet. Marlene Shivers, Instructor of Associate Degree Nursing, reported that their event was very successful with 31 units of blood having been donated during the drive. The nursing department has a long history at PRCC for giving back to the community by hosting several blood drives throughout the year.
Instructor of Spanish and PTK Advisor, Robin Nix, spoke about the excitement felt by the society in the wake of this successful event. “PTK is especially proud of our wildcat turnout. Eighty-six participants registered and 74 units were donated. We are on track to meet last year’s donor numbers when we won college organization of the year for Mississippi Blood Services.”
Each unit of blood donated has the potential to save 3 lives. Meaning that between the two drives these groups had the opportunity to impact 315 lives. PRCC looks forward to future events where students get the opportunity to give back to those in the local community and beyond. The importance of the service these students are performing is equally as valuable the donations and programs they put their efforts toward.
Jonathan Dixon, Student Body President, was one of the PRCC students to donate. “I think it’s important to donate because we never know who we are helping and there are lots of sick people in the world,” said Dixon. “You never know what all the blood you are donating can do to help all of the people that receive it. It can make a huge difference.” He ended with this simple thought, “Donate to save a life because you don’t know what battles someone is fighting even right here on our campus.”