Wichita State Blood Drive Draws Crowd

March 5, 2010

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Wichita State Blood Drive Draws Crowd


Wichita, Kan. – March 5, 2010 -While many students were at Wichita State’s Eck Stadium watching the Shocker’s first home baseball game of the season, others were uniting on campus for a different purpose. Many students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Heskett Center this week to donate blood.


Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant Bryce Winklepleck worked with the American Red Cross to organize the drive. He mobilized volunteers to sign in donors, and to set up and tear down the drive each day. This was Winklepleck’s first time organizing a drive. He could not say enough about how smoothly the drive went.


After the first day of the drive, the Red Cross surpassed its goal of 50 units with 63 units collected. The second day of the drive was even busier, with 81 units collected. The drive ended with a total of 39 first time donors.


Nursing student Megan Sawyer was all smiles giving blood for the first time.


“Giving blood is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now,” Sawyer said. “Having this drive on campus gives busy college students a chance to make a difference and help save lives.”


First time donors, as well as those with experience came out in strides. Student Jessie Couz Rivera explained that it was her first time donating since 2003, and she was glad to do her part. She explained that she has type O negative blood, making her a universal donor.


“Some people are compelled to help out the community by recycling, I’m compelled to give blood,” she said.


Couz Rivera’s grandfather was a blood recipient, so donating felt very personal to her.


“Everyone that volunteered at the Heskett Center helped make this drive a success,” said Teresa Fraley, donor resources development representative, “The Red Cross appreciates all of the volunteer support, and we look forward to working with Wichita State in the future.”


The next blood drive at Wichita State will be held July 7, at the Heskett Center. The Kansas Association of Nursing Students will sponsor a fall drive Sept. 1 and 2 at the Rhatigan Student Center.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.orgor join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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