William Woods University claims second straight Blood Drive Challenge win
William Woods tops Westminster College in annual friendly competition
FULTON, Mo. (April 14, 2014) — For the second consecutive year, William Woods University beat Westminster College in the American Red Cross Blood Drive Challenge. The Challenge, a friendly competition to see which school can attract the highest percentage of presenting blood donors, consists of four blood drives on each campus held throughout the school year.
“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.”
The eight blood drives hosted by the two schools collected a combined 330 pints of blood. Because each donation could help save up to three lives, nearly 1,000 patients could benefit from the generosity of local donors.
William Woods University and Westminster College have participated in the Blood Drive Challenge for more than 10 years, and both plan to participate 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 consent 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.