William Woods tops Westminster in Blood Drive Challenge
William Woods takes first crown in five years
FULTON, Mo. (May 7, 2013) – For the first time in five years, William Woods University took home the Blood Drive Challenge trophy in the school’s annual friendly competition with Westminster University. Each school year, both schools host American Red Cross blood drives on their campuses in a competition to see which school can attract the highest percentage of its student population to present to donate. This year, William Woods topped Westminster by just one-tenth of a percentage point. The schools have been engaged in the Blood Drive Challenge for more than 10 years.
The two schools each hosted four Red Cross blood drives this school year, collecting a total of 374 pints of blood. Because each donation can help save up to three lives, more than 1,100 patients may benefit from the generosity of local students.
“Congratulations to William Woods University and thank you to both schools for their tremendous support of the Red Cross,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “William Woods may get the trophy, but the real winners are the patients receiving the lifesaving blood products.”
Both schools plan to participate in the Blood Drive Challenge again during the next school year.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.