American Red Cross Honors Unger's Commitment

March 18, 2011

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American Red Cross Honors Unger’s Commitment

Wichita, Kan.— March 15, 2010 —The American Red Cross Blood Services – Central Plains Region recognized Kelly Unger, former president of the KU Blood Drive Committee, with the Red Cross Special Volunteer Award during the University of Kansas Blood Drive last week.

Unger was chosen for this award because of her passion in helping save lives and because of her dedication as a committee member and president of the KU Blood Drive Committee.

In the fall of 2007, Unger joined the KU Blood Drive Committee. She helped promote blood drives on campus and recruited new donors at sign-up tables in the Union. “She was quick to offer new ideas and input on how to help make KU blood drives more successful,” added Bev Kerbs, Red Cross donor recruitment representative.

It wasn’t long before Unger was elected president of the KU Blood Drive Committee and took on additional responsibilities such as committee registration, summer interest survey registration and event approval. “In fall 2009, Kelly arranged for Red Cross to collect blood at her sorority house, Kappa Delta,” said Kerbs. “She organized all the volunteers, recruited blood donors and made herself available at the drive to ensure its success. Because of Kelly’s determination, this initial drive exceeded goal and three more drives have been held at the house since 2009.”

Under Unger’s direction, the KU Blood Drive Committee collected the most combined units (Red Cross and Community Blood Center) had in several years – 1,030 units of blood at the Fall 2010 drive. Last week, the KU Blood Drive was responsible for 652 units collected, not bad considering March Madness cut into attendance.

“Kelly was very good at motivating others, and also a dedicated blood donor herself,” said Kerbs. “She has done a great job on the committee and will be greatly missed.”

If you are interested in learning how you can be a part of helping save lives by participating on the KU Blood Drive Committee, contact Red Cross’ Bev Kerbs at 316-641-3602. Go online today, and learn more about becoming a blood donor.

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