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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Red Cross Blood Drive is back

The American Red Cross donation truck was located on Falcon Square. Students await being called to donate blood.Photo credit: Maria Lopez
The American Red Cross donation truck was located on Falcon Square. Students await being called to donate blood.Photo credit: Maria Lopez

Ivanna Heredia, an accounting major, took a few hours of her time time on campus to donate blood to the American Red Cross on Monday, Feb. 10.

“My little cousin has cancer, so I felt like it’s right to give back to some of the little kids that don’t have a chance,” Heredia said.

The American Red Cross blood drive took place in Falcon Square from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

The ARC truck will be accepting blood donations at the same time everyday until Thursday, Feb. 13.

The program assistant for Project Hope, Danylle Williams-Manser, said that she signs up volunteers for the blood drives.

Williams-Manser went on to say that the American Red Cross does blood drives on campus twice a semester every year.

Karen Osorio, a nursing major and Project Hope volunteer, was helping out in front of the donation truck by helping donors sign in.

She hopes students take the opportunity to donate when they can.

“Maybe a family member might need blood, (so) why not do it? I’m just hoping we have a good turn out here at Cerritos (College),” Osorio said.

Anthony Ruyz-Avalos, a philosophy major, was also among the donors waiting in front of the truck. He says he donates blood whenever he can.

“I got operated when I was one before and I have this kind of phobia with needles. I don’t let it bother me anymore.

“So I think every time I donate I’m a little bit nervous with the needles again,” he said.

Despite his nervousness toward needles, Ruyz-Avalos, says he thinks donating blood is a good cause and likes that he is helping someone else.

Project Hope is a student support service for students who are majoring in health related fields.

According to Williams-Manser, clubs and organizations on campus can sponsor a blood drive donation day, “What happens is when you go to donate if you put the club or organization’s name, that organization or club gets point.

“At the end of the year they get an award for encouraging the most donors,” she said.

Williams-Manser says that the goal for the American Red Cross is to raise the blood supply in the area.

“Their biggest push is right before the holidays because people don’t like to donate during the holidays. You get such higher incidents of drinking and driving and accidents,” Williams-Manser said.

For more information on the American Red Cross visit their website http://www.redcross.org/

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Gustavo Lopez, Online Editor
I have coffee for blood and I'm not entirely sure I'm human anymore. I sort of stumbled into journalism and Talon Marks but I'm glad I did because I've always lacked direction, even though I've always been told I'm "smart." I've never really felt smart, more like the world doesn't make sense and I'm just trying to make sense of it. I'm a huge gamer and geek and the very model of a scientist Salarian. One thing you'll hear me say usually after several cups of coffee is either "I am Krogan" or "it had to be me, someone else would have gotten it wrong." I hope the editors and the new staff learn from my past mistakes, as well the ones that came before. I wish everyone the best in whatever they may pursue. Let's kick some ass, write good news and show them Talon Marks is more than just the newspaper. We're a team and family. This is Goose signing off, go get'em. 
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Fall 2014 Being Online Editor has it’s moments. Maria Lopez, solemnly swears that she's up to do good. This is her third semester at Talon Marks and second as Online Editor. She enjoys the job because it’s fun, challenging, and a way to let others know what’s going on around campus. In her spare time she loves to read books, volunteer in her community, visit the local library, listen to music, and watch myriad television shows and documentaries. Her hope in life is to get visited by a doctor in a blue box. Feel free to contact Maria in these formats: Follow on Twitter @mlopeztweets Email at [email protected]
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