March 31, 2014
All three University of Virginia ROTC programs came together on Monday to host a blood drive for the armed services.
Hosted in Newcomb ballroom at UVa., the blood drive aimed to get students to donate to the Armed Services Blood Program.
The drive is part of a larger effort to address the demand for blood donations in the military.
"Not only does it go to the soldier that got injured out in the field, but it also goes to that one kid who has cancer at one of our military hospitals, or it also goes to maybe somebody who's waiting on the heart transplant list, as well as to, you know, the rest of the military community," said Staff Sgt. Douglas Aroca.
"It's a pretty great feeling just to know that you have, because we've had a lot of community members even come in, so to know that the community and the students are both participating to help out," said the event organizer and ROTC Cadet Kaitlyn McQuade.
Members from the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center were also in attendance at the drive, helping with conducting donations.
By noon, more than 20 people had arrived to donate blood from both UVa. and Charlottesville.