Del Mar College faculty recently joined Coastal Bend Blood Center staff and representatives to launch a new program that lets DMC students help save lives while receiving a medal of merit.
Sofia Jimenez, DMC SGA president, welcomed students back for the spring semester and for the launch of the Collegiate Hero Program on Jan. 24 in the Harvin Center.
“Being active in your college allows you to build connections to students, staff, faculty, administration and others in your community.” Jimenez said, “You learn leadership.”
She told students what a difference they can make by being active with both the school and community and what impact they can have.
Jimenez described the medal of merit as a token and believes it is much more than that by the honor of those who donate and save lives.
Jimenez acknowledged those who participate as a hero.
The Student Life and Campus Life office plans to donate $100 to the fundraising account of a student club that has the most blood donors for the semester.
Ashley Ramirez, the CBBC community relations coordinator and education spokesperson, shared with DMC students, faculty and staff that they were thrilled to partner with DMC to launch the program.
“It is about these partnerships that we are able to continue to bring the awareness,” Ramirez said, “and the importance of donating blood in our very own community.”
“There’s no substitute for blood and there’s always a constant need for blood,” Ramirez said to emphasize the importance of donations.
Students can earn this recognition by donating one unit of blood per semester and show their pride on graduation day.
Students, faculty and staff at Del Mar College are invited to participate in donating blood for the Coastal Bend Blood Center.
There are five qualifications to donate blood and save lives: eating a full meal, drinking plenty of water, bringing a valid I.D., be 17 or older, and in good health.
For more information, visit https://www.coastalbendbloodcenter.org or follow their social media at Coastalbendbloodcenter via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.