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Lone Star College-North Harris helps blood center prepare for holidays

Although it is still summer, Christmas decorations are already appearing in stores for purchase. Lone Star College-North Harris is also gearing up for the holidays, but in a different way. The college, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive on October 4 and 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health and Physical Education Building racquetball court area. Not only will the drive help stock blood supplies before the holidays, but it will also help fund scholarships for deserving LSC-North Harris students.

According to the blood center, holidays are when blood donations drop drastically because people are busy travelling and preparing for the holidays. So, there really is a tremendous need for blood in before the start of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

All LSC-North Harris eligible students and faculty are encouraged to give blood and the blood drive is open to the community as well. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to donate blood and all donors are required to bring a personal photo ID (i.e., state issued driver’s license or ID, passport, military ID, work ID, school ID, green card or work visa); be at least 17 years of age; weigh a minimum of 110 pounds; be hydrated prior to donating; eat a sensible meal two to four hours prior to donating; and be in good overall health. Eligible donors will receive a T-shirt.

Since LSC-North Harris is a host campus, holding three blood drives per year, students who attend the college can apply for a $1,000 Commit for Life scholarship. Details of the scholarship can be found at: www.giveblood.org/commit-for-life/as-a-group/commit-for-life-scholarship/.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.