Shreveport Campus Receives Donor Award from Lifeshare Blood Center Contributed by Kristi Kohl, Campus Librarian In March 2011, Remington College - Shreveport Campus was honored with an award from Lifeshare Blood Center for being the largest blood donor among all Remington College campuses during the past year. For eight consecutive months, the Shreveport Campus had more blood donations than any other Remington College campus, collecting 344 pints of blood of the total 2,605 pints collected by all Remington College campuses in 2010. On March 17, 2011, Shreveport hosted another blood drive with the Lifeshare Blood Center and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. The Shreveport Campus views the three annual blood drives it hosts as opportunities to support local blood centers and hospitals. The Campus hopes to increase the number of minority blood donors in order to help people with serious medical conditions such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia. Donors' Thoughts on Why It's Important to Give Blood Medical Assisting Student Alyssha Gossett noted, "I keep donating blood because I know that my blood can continue to save lives. I don't know anyone personally who needs blood donations, but I know that a lot of people in this area do need blood. Consistent blood donations at the Shreveport Campus give Medical Assisting students like us opportunities to volunteer and get experience." Medical Assisting instructor Brandi Copes added, "I donate blood because it makes me feel good to know that I can help others! My grandmother received three pints of blood during surgery to remove an abdominal aneurysm. Many of our students have a giving heart, but because of financial hardships of their own, they find it difficult and frustrating that they cannot contribute monetarily to others. Our blood drive at Shreveport gives students who otherwise might not be able to give of themselves an opportunity to do so. This is a huge self-esteem booster for our students and teaches them that giving doesn't always mean giving money, but giving of yourself and your time." Medical Assisting student Dominique Stephenson commented, "I donate blood because it is for a wonderful cause and worth it. My mother needs blood donations, as do plenty of other people. It is nice to know that the Shreveport Campus is healthy and well enough to give blood to help so many other people." Medical Assisting student Landry Dolores said, "This was my first time donating blood. I had a blood transfusion four years ago and wanted to give back. It shows and displays a sense of being proud to come to a school that has such a high donation rate."