Students donate time, blood to help others

Aleysha Dominguez, a freshman, started donating in high school, and believes that it is the right thing to do. Other students said the same, especially in light of the recent needs from Hurricane Florence hitting the Carolinas. (Photo by Will Maskrey)

By Will Maskrey staff writer

Have you ever wanted to help a cause, only to find out that you really couldn’t afford to help? College students, maybe more than most populations, need to watch their finances. What can a student do if to satisfy both a strong desire to help and limited finances? The answer is far more simple than many realize: they can donate time. Blood donation is an easy way to donate time, and blood, to help those in need. The first of three St. John Fisher College blood drives was held on Tuesday Sept. 25, hosted by SWAV (Students Who Advocate Volunteering).

All photos in gallery by Will Maskrey

Students came in by groups. Alyssamarie Quartararo, center in red, is shown helping one group. Alyssamarie, a senior, believes that blood donation is an easy way to give back. She also wants students to know that there will be two other chances to make a difference in the spring, with blood drives on Jan. 9 and April 4.


The American Red Cross came to Fisher with a goal to collect 72 units. The Red Cross is looking for students like Alexandra Erney, a sophomore donating for the first time. Though she was a little nervous she said, “I want to donate so I can make a difference.”
Whether you donate Power Red, as shown here, or just make a whole blood donation you are making a difference. You can always go to the Red Cross website at to find other times and locations to donate, or you can download the Red Cross app, available in most app stores.

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