Students lined up to give blood on campus in the Meek bloodmobile on Wednesday, with some waiting for more than two hours.
The line got so long, people working on the second floor of Zellner Hall opened their windows and began playing games with the students waiting down below. Scott Kilmer, director of online marketing, held a small basketball goal outside of the second story window and offered prizes to anyone who could score a basket.
“He said they looked a little bored so he wanted to make giving blood a little more fun by having them play a game,” said Rory Harris, online marketing student worker and senior English major from Leo, Ind.
Kilmer tossed T-shirts, scarves, travel mugs and other ACU paraphernalia down to students waiting in line.
The bloodmobile was located between the Hardin Administrative Building and the Brown Library from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Emily Geller, freshman animal science major from Memphis, Tenn., said they did not get extremely busy until later in the afternoon.
“I came back after my 3 o’clock and waited an hour and a half,” said Geller. “When I gave blood, they were really attentive and knew I had fainted before, so they let me stay a few extra minutes.”
Elsa Maldonado, freshman nursing major from Dallas, said she was willing to wait outside even though there was a light rain.
“You have to wait until you get inside to fill out all the paperwork and I think that takes a long time,” Maldonado said.
The blood drive had 104 participants who attempted to give blood with a collection of 75 pints said Frances Baker, the donor recruiter for the Meek Blood Center.
“It was really good that we got so many pints. We were really low, so this is really going to help us,” Baker said.