Richmond Virginia – On May 4, 2016, the Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with the Richmond Police Department (RPD) and Virginia Blood Services (VBS) to sponsor the “Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive,” held at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road, Richmond, Virginia. Fourteen units of blood were collected, enabling life for 42 patients in our community (one unit of blood can save up to three lives).
Several donors were asked why did they donate blood, and the overall response was that it was an easy way to give back to the community. Elizabeth Hunt said she attended a course in college that introduced the concept of donating and has been a regular donor ever since. Josiah Deltoro said he was in a vehicle accident when he was little and a transfusion was possibly involved. Sonya Thompson said she was a regular donor and wanted to support this program and her community. A healthcare worker, Jessie Cheng said she saw someone with a bandage on his arm and thought it was a good time to donate. She checked VBS online system and found the Omega/RPD drive was nearby.
The process that allows the gift of life through blood donation was developed by Dr. Drew, an Omega Man. While earning his doctorate at Columbia University in the late 1930s-early 40s, he developed a technique to separate and freeze component parts of blood to be safely reconstituted later. This technique led to the development of blood banks, which saved thousands of lives during World War II.
Upsilon Nu Chapter works to uplift citizens in the community RPD protects and serves. The purpose of the blood drive is to save lives, and VBS facilitates the collection of this precious gift of life.
Our next blood drive is scheduled for November 16, 2016 (Wednesday), at RPD Training Academy. Join us in our effort to “Save Local Lives.”
Brother Raymond C. Fitts
Sgt. Richmond City Police Department