Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:00am

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the members of the VGCC Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) are rolling up their sleeves and helping save lives! We will proudly partner with the American Red Cross to hold what we expect to be an amazing blood drive in the Civic Center on Main Campus!

The Red Cross has more than 130 years of experience providing humanitarian aid – including more than 70 years of supplying blood to those in need. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community and across the country! We are very excited about the drive and I hope you are too.

The VGCC SNA is leading this initiative. This drive can have such a lifesaving impact on many people. Let’s show our community, and the patients in need of blood, just how much we can do and blow this out of the water! Thank you for making VGCC what it is. We are looking forward to seeing you at the blood drive.

There are many ways you can help, but most importantly we hope you come out to donate. Here's how:

You may schedule an appointment at this web address:

using sponsor code VGCC or you can email Heather Wilson or Erica Jastrow at or and they will be glad to assist you.

In addition to the normal whole blood donation, we will also have 2 double red cell machinesHere is some information on giving blood via the double red cell:

  • Double red cell donations from Type O donors and donors with Rh-negative blood types play a very important role in maintaining blood supply levels.
  • Donors need to meet slightly higher hemoglobin and body height/weight requirements in order to be able to give a double red cell donation.
  • Double red cell donation takes approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and allow you to give two units of red blood cells. You lose less volume when donating if you give via the double red cell machine because you are actually returned all your products except the red cells (this means you feel better after giving blood via a double red cell than a “regular donation” and are not as prone to dehydration).

The Red Cross has also started a new campaign called RapidPass, a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. RapidPass allows donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of your home or office, reducing the time spent at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. That means happier donors! It's simple!

1.   Visit
2.   Read the information
3.   Answer the questions
4.   Print the pass or email it to yourself

Important to know! RapidPass cannot be completed prior to the date of the drive. Donors must complete the steps to redeem their pass on the day they donate. Donors who do not bring the printed pass with them to their donation or cannot show it on a mobile device will be asked to complete the questions again. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. An appointment must still be scheduled. Saving lives is important to everyone, and everyone's time is valuable. Make the most of it with RapidPass.

We look forward to seeing you at the blood drive on Sept. 18, and we encourage you to share this information with friends, family and others who also would be interested in helping us save lives!

Thank you, 

Submitted by Heather Wilson, VGCC Nursing Instructor