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April 18, 2014

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BCF student Matthew Fernandez willingly gives blood during the two day event.

The Southeastern Community Blood Center (SCBC) visits The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville twice a year to collect donations from students, faculty, and staff eager to help save lives.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8 - 9, the SCBC bus was parked at the edge of the parking lot located next to the Wellness Center on the BCF campus. For most of the two days, every seat was filled on the inside of the bus, either with students waiting to see if they were able to give blood or those who were in the middle of their donations. Thanks to so many willing participants, the blood drive brought in over 70 units of blood to be used in saving lives.

Adding to the excitement of the blood drive was a special visit from Tallahassee’s 88.3 WAY-FM, a popular Christian radio station in the area. A representative from the station came to the school in the WAY-FM van and parked next to the SCBC bus on Wednesday. In support of the blood drive and the tremendous success on the BCF campus, WAY-FM provided an opportunity for blood donors to win a free CD or DVD. With the spin of a wheel, anyone who visited the exhibit table had a chance to win free stuff, but those who donated blood were given two chances to spin the wheel.

Blood donors also received a free t-shirts for their donations. The t-shirts were a bright blue color and featured a new twist on the popular “Keep Calm” trend by having the words “Keep Calm and Donate Blood” printed on the front. Many enjoyed the irony that this presented as some donors are not always calm, but the apprehension is eased by the possibility of saving a life.

While many donors had taken part in previous blood drives, for some this was the first of what will likely be many donations. BCF student Billy Combs donated for the first time on Tuesday. He was excited to find that his blood type was O negative, a relatively rare type of blood that is often sought after, as it is known as the “universal donor” of blood types.

To learn more about BCF, the school that is not only saving lives through blood donations, but is also “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®,” call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.