A steady stream of donors came to the inaugural blood drive at Central Arizona College. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

The Student Leadership Organization of Central Arizona College hosted its inaugural blood drive on the Maricopa Campus today.

Dozens of students showed up to donate blood between classes, and the four-man crew working the donation center had a steady flow of people throughout the morning. Students who donated blood were also rewarded with discounts to Whataburger and a chance to win a 2015 Volkswagen Golf (donated by local Valley Volkswagen dealers).

“The point of this is to help our community,” SLOCAC member Andrea Castano said. “One out of seven hospital patients need blood. In the United States, someone receives a blood transfusion every two seconds.”

The SLOCAC is hoping to make the blood drive an annual event. Judging by the turnout for this year’s drive, hosting this event each year could be a significant possibility.

Other events going on around CAC on Wednesday include a selfie scavenger hunt lasting from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to help students learn where things are on campus, and a “Show Me the Money” workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide students with information regarding financial aid and career services. These events will take place again on Thursday as well.

The SLOCAC will also be hosting a Popsicle social from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. All students are encouraged to stop by and grab a cold treat and meet other members of the student body.