February 27, 2019
Writer: J.D. Packer

Your blood donation can be the difference between life and death for some people. To some it can seem scary or overwhelming to donate blood for the first time. If you want to be part of this experience, you are in luck, BYU-Idaho is putting on a blood drive at the end of February and first of March.

Kalin Lister, a BYU-Idaho student and a volunteer for the blood drive, spoke to BYU-Idaho Radio about how people can come and help. He said you start at the sign-up booth, check in, and do an evaluation. "If everything is clear, you will get laid down and you will start donating your blood,” he said.

If you are interested in signing up to either donate or to help people donate, there are different ways of signing up. Lister said you can look for the blood donation booths in the Manwaring Center Mondays through Thursdays in the afternoon. They are looking for donors and volunteers.

“So, people who can help sign the donors in and ushers to make sure they make it safely without toppling over and stuff,” Lister said.

Lister said this is a great way to help others. You can save up to three lives with one pint of blood.

“It’s not something that you see directly when you are doing it, but the people who are need of that are very grateful and it’s a great cause,” he said.

BYU-Idaho is also always looking for volunteers to help run the drive. If you want to help volunteer call the Service Activities Department at 208-496-7300.