Victoria College to participate in national blood drive challenge

March 15, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.

As part of a nationwide effort to promote minority blood donations, Victoria College is participating in the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge.

Through its partnership with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, the Latin American Student Organization hopes to empower the Hispanic community in Victoria to donate.

"I've donated three or four times before," said Juan Diaz, 21 and member of LASO. "I plan to donate at this blood drive because it's a good cause. It not only helps educate the community about the need for Hispanic donors, but it saves lives too."

This blood drive, along with the center's "Donar Sangre es Donar Vida" campaign, is meant to educate the minority community about how vital they are to the blood supply. Because type O blood is common among Hispanics/Latinos, they can save even more lives when they donate blood. O negative donors, or universal donors, can give blood to any patient regardless of their blood type, while O positive blood, can be donated to patients of four other blood types.

This year, organizers hope to have 15,000 registered donors at 150 colleges and universities across the country. Last year, 113 schools participated bringing in more than 10,000 donors, nearly 3,000 of them donating blood for the first time.

Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood. It is recommended to eat iron-rich foods before donating and to drink plenty of fluids to keep the body hydrated. Donors must present identification. Visit for more information.



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