Almost 300 students, faculty, administrators and staff stopped by the Student Center Multipurpose Room recently to donate blood at Hofstra’s Spring Blood Drive, greatly surpassing organizers’ goal of drawing 200 people.
The 296 pints of blood collected on Feb. 24 will be separated into components that will help 888 local recipients in need through the New York Blood Center, the sole supplier of blood to Northwell Health and the Catholic Health System.
“I donate blood because I am healthy enough to do so. I try and give back to those in need as much as I can because it’s such a rewarding feeling,” said Nicole Mosca, a fourth year student in the dual-degree speech-language-hearing sciences/speech-language-pathology program. “Knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life means everything to me.” She was also the lucky recipient of a blood drive drawing for a $100 gift card.
“The success of our Spring Blood Drive is a result of the incredible support by everyone in the Hofstra community for coming together for such a worthy cause,” said Elizabeth Lorentzen, training and development coordinator for the Dept. of Human Resources, who leads the planning for each semester’s blood drives. “The turnout really exceeded our expectations.”