It’s all about saving lives for the UA Little Rock Staff Senate


Staff Senate member Elizabeth Smith donating to save lives. Photo/ Chris Bailey

In partnership with the Arkansas Blood Institute, UA Little Rock’s Staff Senate held a blood drive on the first floor of the Donaghey Student Center on Halloween.

Donations were from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Although anyone could participate, the event was geared towards senate staff members and faculty.

“We will be back Nov. 29,” said Gerald Gardner, sales consultant for the Arkansas Blood Institute. “The next one is geared toward the athletic department and students.”

Whether it’s for accident victims, cancer patients, or for major disasters, there is always a need for blood donations Gardner said.

The Arkansas Blood Institute services over 30 hospitals throughout the state, including all of the Central Arkansas area hospitals.

This is the second blood drive held on campus by the institute. The first one was held in late February.

“On this drive, we were hoping to get about 25 donations,” Gardner Said. “Each donation can save 3 people, so 25 donations will save a total of 75 lives.”

Gardner is expecting a bigger turn-out for the Nov. 29 blood drive. He has set a goal of 75 donations from students. If successful, that would be a total of 225 lives saved.

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