Students a Major Force in Building America’s Blood Supply

October 8, 2012

American Red Cross, Central Michigan University Join Forces to Save Lives 


Mt. Pleasant, MI--With fall underway, students at many high schools and colleges are rolling up their sleeves in more ways than one.  A series of upcoming blood drives at Central Michigan University will give students the chance to give someone the gift of life.


Every year, students nationwide join the American Red Cross as blood donors and blood drive sponsors, all in an effort to help hospital patients in need. Students coordinate blood drives throughout the academic year, with many blood drives concentrated in October and November, and then again in March and April. And student-run drives are sometimes open to the public—including alumni.


“Student donors and coordinators are extremely loyal to their schools and communities,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Blood drives are a great way to build school spirit, engage in public service, and make a difference to people who need blood for emergency or ongoing medical care. Students are terrific ambassadors for our life-saving cause, and are greatly appreciated by the hospitals and patients served through the American Red Cross.”


High schools and colleges sponsor about 19 percent of Red Cross blood drives in the coverage area of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Donors through these drives can range in age from 16 to 25, and give about 30 percent of blood collected in the parts of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio served by the Red Cross.


At many schools and colleges, annual blood drives are a long-standing tradition. On average, 93 out of 100 blood drives repeat year-after-year at high schools, and about 90 out of 100 at colleges and universities.


“Students are a major force in building and maintaining the blood supply,” said Kulman. “Their involvement in blood donation activities is one example of the important role this generation will play in America’s future.”




10/8            Central Michigan University (Emmons Lobby)                        12PM - 5:45PM


10/12          Central Michigan University (Emmons Lobby)                        11AM - 4:45PM


10/16          Central Michigan University (University Center)                     12PM - 5:45PM


10/17          Central Michigan University (Sweeney Hall-Lobby)                12PM - 5:45PM


10/18          Central Michigan University (The Towers—Kulhavi Hall)       12PM – 5:45PM


How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals across the state. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross 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. 08/11AP0618