MLK Blood Drive
Annually on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Delta Gamma Lambda participates in a community parade that celebrates that legacy of our dear brother. The festivities culminate with blood drive where the brothers of DGL partner with the Hoxworth Blood Center to establish a goal of recruiting 100 donors.
Since 2007, DGL has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center to help encourage the general public to donate blood to help those in need. In addition, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center serves as the gathering location and offers free admission.
FAST FACTS ABOUT MINORITY DONATIONS
African Americans are at greater risk than Caucasians for cancer, heart disease and birth complications. All of which often require blood transfusion. Additionally, one in 12 African Americans carries the trait for sickle cell disease and one in 652 African Americans has sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell patients who frequently need blood transfusions are less likely to have adverse reactions when receiving blood from other African Americans.
Nationally speaking, 37% of the American population is eligible to donate blood. Of the 37% eligible, under 10% actually donate. Of the 10% who donate, less than 1% are African American.
Increasing minority donations are important because blood types O and B, the blood types of 70% of African Americans, are the blood types most in demand. Consequently, these types are the first to run out during a blood shortage.