“I love my job, its very fun,” Jeffrey Embry, phlebotomist, said. “We’re helping out the community– it’s a low stress job. Most of the people that come in are in a good mood. They’re trying to come in and do a good thing. I’ve been a blood donor since high school, started when I was 17 and now I work as a phlebotomist.”
Two more blood drives will be held later during the school year. They are scheduled for Jan. 26 and May 22.
“Once you go through a blood transfusion and you realize that it saved your life, your whole idea of why we do this, what little pain’s involved and you save four people’s lives, your whole philosophy changes,” Respiratory Therapy program leader Vicki Smith said. “A while back I had an accident and I needed four units of blood. That means four people donated blood and saved my life. I need to give back.”