Area Colleges Continue Blood Donor Challenge

September 4, 2012

Westminster, William Woods Compete To Collect Blood Donations


Two area colleges devoted to helping students find a bright future also want to help brighten the lives of patients in need of blood.  Westminster College and William Woods University are partnering in a friendly competition to see which school can attract more presenting blood donors to their respective American Red Cross blood drives.

Once again, the two schools are taking part in the Blood Donor Challenge, and encouraging students to donate blood.  At right, Hannah Minchow-Proffitt from Westminster College poses with Claire Wiegand from William Woods University holding the travelling Blood Donor Challenge plaque.

This year, the winner will be determined by the percentage of students from each school who attempt to donate blood.  For instance, if a campus has 1,000 students, and 250 present to donate, that school had 25% of its students attempt to give blood.  If a campus has 1,200 students and also sees 250 attempt to donate, it will have 20% of students try to give.  The winner is the campus with the highest percentage. 

The American Red Cross thanks both schools for their participation and their efforts to raise blood donations.  Regardless of which campus wins the Blood Donor Challenge, the real winners are the recipients of the blood, whose lives may be saved thanks in part to the generosity of blood donors.

Please consider participating in this fun challenge, and most importantly, helping save lives.  You can make an appointment to donate blood at any of the drives listed below by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or going to 

Westminster College                                                        William Woods University

Thursday, 9/20.  1:00 – 7:00                                                             Thursday, 9/20.  11:00 – 5:00

Wednesday, 11/28.  1:00 – 6:00                                          Thursday, 11/15. 12:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, 1/30.  1:00 – 6:00                                            Tuesday, 1/29. 12:00 – 5:00

Monday, 4/8. 1:00 – 6:00                                                      Wednesday, 4/3. 12:00 -5:00

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at