ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida is hosting a blood drive Wednesday in remembrance of the Pulse mass shooting.
“We All Have One Pulse Blood Drive” is taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the Student Union.
“I just feel like I can give and there’s a lot of people who need it,” UCF student Adedoyin Adepegba said.
Adepegba said she wanted to donate because she remembers the day 49 lives were taken at Pulse Nightclub.
“That was a sad day and whatever we can do to remember the impact it actually made, that’s really good because we want to remember and realize that it was a really sad day,” she siad.
UCF Police collaborated with OneBlood to host Wednesday’s blood drive on campus.
“We get the opportunity to see the results of these events and outpouring of support that the community has and we were able to see that five years ago and we’ve been able to see that every year here at UCF,” Sgt. Adam Casebolt with UCF Police said.
“Unfortunately, 1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion in their lives and these donations do matter and we have blood drives like this every single day,” Christian Jordan with OneBlood said.
Other events to honor Pulse victims and their families will continue on campus. On Thursday night, the school will host a vigil called UCF Remembers Pulse inside the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union.
UCF President Alexander Cartwright and other local leaders are expected to attend. Students will also read the names of the 49 Pulse victims during a special commemoration.