Blood drive theme inspired by Twilight


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Mammadu Diallo, then first-year mechinal engineering major, gives blood at the blood drive hosted by the National Society for Black Engineers at the Rec Center.

By Felix Sarver

In anticipation of the new Twilight movie, the National Society for Black Engineers hosted a Breaking Dawn blood drive Tuesday at the Campus Recreation Center.

NSBE President Passion Burcy said the blood drive would be a great way for the society to get its name out in the community.

“We just want to be part of it just to show our community aspects,” Burcy said.

Burcy said at the start of the drive she planned for it to be popular due to the free items being handed out to donors such as a free Twilight-themed shirt and a $10 Fandango movie ticket. Burcy worked with Jamie Lauer, marketing representative for the Heartland Blood Center, to host the blood drive.

“The coordinator is a dedicated donor,” Lauer said. “She is really dedicated to our drive…she has approached us about hosting her own drive with a group she is involved with.”

Mammadu Diallo, freshman mechanical engineering major and member of the NSBE, said the blood drive is a great and easy way to help out people.

“It’s not a huge bother. I feel like I should just do it if I can,” Diallo said.

Diallo donated blood and said the experience was not that bad.

“It hurts for, like, a second,” Diallo said.

Diallo said it is easier for him to give blood because he has more blood and is physically big.

The blood drive adopted the theme of the Twilight movie series because the franchise’s latest film will soon be released, Lauer said.

“The movie is coming out on the 18th [of November], so we’re having a Twilight-themed drive,” Lauer said.

Asia Hopkins, sophomore industrial engineering major and member of the NSBE, said the new movie is very popular.

“So we felt like that would give people the incentive to give blood,” Hopkins said.

Blood donors received a free T-shirt and movie ticket, Hopkins said. The ticket can be used for any movie blood donors would want to see but Hopkins said donors might see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn because it is so popular.

At the end of the drive, Burcy said 14 people participated.

Lauer said the Heartland Blood Center has already hosted five blood drives this year at NIU and plans to do six more.