A Day at the San Jose Blood, Platelet and Plasma Donation Center
Story and photos by Alex Keilty/American Red Cross
As an American Red Cross Blood Donor Ambassador, Yichen can easily fit volunteering into her schedule as a pre-nursing student. “It’s really flexible and convenient to sign up for the time you want to do it,” she says.
She greets people who arrive to give blood at the Red Cross Blood, Platelet and Plasma Donation Center in San Jose and she keeps the donors’ snack table full of juice and cookies.
For Yichen, volunteering for the Red Cross looks good on her resume, and she also feels good about helping an important cause.
“The best part is when donors are happy,” says Astrid as she prepares to collect blood from a donor in San Jose. “When they say, ‘That was painless,’ it feels good.”
As a Red Cross Phlebotomist, Astrid collects blood from donors who visit the blood donation center. She admires those who donate because, as she says, “It’s people trying to do good.”
“I saw in the news that there is a nationwide shortage,” said John, as he gives blood in San Jose recently.
John is right, the Red Cross recently faced its worst shortage in more than a decade. Such bad news is what prompted John to make an appointment to donate.
During his donation appointments, John puts on earphones and enjoys the streamed shows available at the blood donation center.
If you are interested in volunteering your time in support of your community, visit redcross.org/volunteer.
If you’re interested in joining the Red Cross – where your career is a force for good – visit redcross.org/careers.
To make an appointment to donate blood, platelets or plasma, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).