This fall, the George Washington University (GWU) Red Cross Club is sponsoring five blood drives on the GWU campus including one this week on Thursday, September 11th. The other four drives will be held on September 30th, October 21st, November 5th, and December 3rd. GWU students, faculty, staff, and all members of the community are invited to participate in the blood drives.
The GWU Red Cross Club is a student organization directly affiliated with the American Red Cross. The club was recently established in 2013 and already has made great progress in advancing the mission of the American Red Cross by organizing blood drives, donating blood, providing community service volunteering opportunities, fundraising to provide relief for disasters, and participating in Red Cross events. Recently, the club raised over $600 for Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts through partnerships with local restaurants. The club also strives to promote awareness and help students get involved in public health efforts.
The club’s first fall blood drive on September 11th is also in support of the One Day Blood Drive Project. This project was started by a group of Georgia Tech students in an effort to encourage schools across the United States to join together on September 11th to host blood drives in honor of the heroes that were lost in 2001.
As pre-medical students and science majors, GWU Red Cross President Ayesha Monga Kravetz, along with the club's other founding members, Jina Chong Jeon and Megan Alston, wanted to be more involved on campus in a health-related organization. Ayesha had previously been a member of the Red Cross Club at Quince Orchard High School in Maryland. When she discovered there was no such club at GWU, she realized this would be the perfect fit.
The GWU Red Cross Club was founded after much hard work in 2013 and Ayesha is very proud of the success they have had so far.
“It’s been great to establish a club at George Washington,” says Ayesha. “More people are recognizing the club. I’ve been getting more and more emails from student directly telling me they’re interested in joining as well as from GWU staff.”
Ayesha says the club plans to do more community service this year and will participate in the GWU Foggy Bottom Safety Expo on September 17th.
The GWU Red Cross Club encourages members of the community to sign up for the five upcoming blood drives here. All of the blood drives will be held in the GWU Marvin Center, located at 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052 on the following dates:
• Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 10:30AM-3:30PM
• Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 12:00PM–5:30PM
• Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2:30PM-8:00PM
• Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 10:00AM-3:30PM
• Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 3:30PM-8:30PM