Giving Blood to Save Lives

By Paul Oakley

A student gives blood at the blood drive at Menlo.

November 15, 2011

Menlo College hosted the first of three blood drives scheduled for the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, November 14. Students, faculty, and staff donated a total of 73 units of blood, enough to save 219 people. All of the blood will be donated to local hospitals where it can be used right away.

“Menlo College blood drives are very successful,” said Mona Helmhold, Donor Recruitment Manager for the Red Cross’ East Bay account.  “This is mainly due to our student sponsor, Hanna Malak, and the message he spreads of the constant need for blood.”

Menlo’s student body president, Hanna Malak, who is also one of thirteen council members with the American Red Cross National Youth Council, organized Monday’s blood drive.  Two more blood drives are scheduled to take place during the spring semester.