Today, CIAO, Dominican University's Italian Organization, hosted it's second annual blood drive in the Springer Suite. CIAO partnered with Heartland Blood Centers in an effort to encourage the Dominican community to donate much-needed blood supplies. Although some students refrain from giving blood due to medical conditions or Belonephobia (fear of needles), others were more than willing to participate today.
CIAO member, Joe Bonasera, said, "It's a great way to help people in need. I think helping the community is always the right thing to do."
As you learn in this video, Michael Meranda, former 2004-2007 president of CIAO, explains why this organization hosts the blood drive.