Fraternity, SGA hold blood drive for injured student

Fraternity, SGA hold blood drive for injured student

Alpha Phi Omega and the Student Government Association worked together to hold a blood drive Thursday in honor of a hospitalized student.

Graham McMillian, student body vice president for external affairs, said that SGA was contacted by the administration about Matthew Smith, who is the hospital after a motorcycle accident.

APO holds a blood drive every semester, according to their president Judge Howell, and they decided to partner with SGA and hold the blood drive in Smith’s honor.

Howell said that Smith is the reason students should give blood.

“Obviously not all of the blood is going to him, but it’s that kind of thought process of ‘Oh, this person is closely related to TCU, he’s a student, if he needs it then we should stand up for that,’” Howell said.

Even though he does not know Smith personally, McMillian said he would still be donating blood.

“I do not know Matt personally, but I know he’s a fellow Horned Frog and we’re more than willing to do anything for our fellow Horned Frogs,” he said.

McMillan said that when students come together to help a student in need, he thinks there is a boost in the feeling of community on campus.

“He’s one of our own, you know? And he’s also served for us in the military and it’s extremely important that we honor both those things and be there for him if we need,” McMillian said.

Donating blood is one way to serve the community and is one way that the campus can help out, he said.

Smith is not only a student at the university but is also an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, April Brown, chair of Veteran Services Task Force, wrote in an email.

Brown also wrote that the Women's Veterans Society is currently working on a quilt for Smith that will be presented to him at a later date.