Twelve students at the Thurgood Marshal School of Law already had signed up to give blood just one hour into their blood drive. It was amazing to see the heart of this high-achieving group taking time out of their studies with just weeks left in the semester to think about others.
I visited the drive with our social media coordinator during the lunch hour when we asked several the reasons behind why they are so dedicated to our mission of saving lives. One man said it was his duty as a Christian because his savior bled for him, while another remembered the joy of being a hero when he donated at a Texas Southern University drive during his undergraduate days.
But just when we turned to leave, two young women came in determined to donate. One sat down to eat her lunch before being screened, and then she told us why she was there: This young donor had lost a friend in 2007 who was in a rural area when she needed blood and didn’t have access to it.
“Ever since then, it’s been a passion of mine to donate any chance that I can,” the donor told us.
Kellye, our social media coordinator, captured those poignant words on video and posted it to The Blood Center’s Facebook page. My heart still breaks when I see it, but the young woman’s determination gives me such hope for our mission. We post a lot of compelling content to our Instagram stories and Snapchat, but I was so happy to have such a wonderful, heartfelt moment published in a place where it won’t disappear after 24 hours.
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