Giving the gift of life

Susan Swink giving blood

Though it was the first time for MCC Student Services Administrative Assistant Susan Swink to give blood at MCC, it wasn’t the first time for her to be a donor.

“I worked with the public school district in Jasper County for 10 years. I gave several times there. I would usually give for a student who could not,” Swink explained, adding, “you never know who will benefit from your blood donation. It’s the one gift we can give that does not cost anything.”

Swink knows the priceless value of being a blood donor. “I gave blood because my mom has had to have blood in the past. It saved her life,” she said.

Because of the pandemic, many things in life have been canceled or re-arranged; however, the need for blood remains constant, so the College’s Campus Life department hosted the blood drive – the second one this semester.

Forty-six MCC students, faculty and staff members participated in the drive said LeAnne Motes, campus life coordinator, said, noting the College’s goal of donors was surpassed at this event. 

“MCC has a proud tradition of giving back to the community in many ways. The blood drive is just one way to help ensure our community has everything it needs,” she said.

Swink noted her experience was very convenient, and the employees from the blood drive company, Vitalant, were very professional. “They made sure everything was clean and safe. I was very impressed,” she added.