Volunteer Center

American Red Cross Blood Drive

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On Tuesday, February 18th, students, administrators, staff, and faculty from Butler University, participated in the donations. Appointments were made online before the Blood Drive, as well as walk-ins. The Reilly Room, located in Atherton Union, had a constant stream of people during the entire event. Students were also able to volunteer at the Blood Drive, working sign in tables and providing snacks and drinks to blood donors after their donation. Spring American Red Cross Blood Drive. Throughout the day, 140 people signed-up to give blood

The Volunteer Center has been partnering with the American Red Cross for several years to organize blood drives during the academic year. Student Liaison, Taylor Clark, worked with Donor Recruitment Representative, Meg Ahlering, to coordinate the campus wide event. Taylor Clark was extremely pleased with the results, "over the past two years that I have planned the Blood Drives with the American Red Cross, we have seen increased amounts of units donated each semester due to the increased participation from the student body. We appreciate everyone's efforts from our donors, volunteers, and American Red Cross!" Their teamwork allowed for Butler to reach record breaking numbers, yet again, with a total of 110 units collected! These donations will help to save the lives of 330 patients across the Indianapolis area, as well as the country. 

February is American Heart Month and with the extreme cold weather that the Indianapolis community has been facing, the blood drive's success will make a tremendous impact. According to the American Red Cross, every day, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of blood.  That's about 17 million donations-or nearly 23 million blood products-transfused to 5 million patients a year. Freshman Michelle Marten was very interested in donating blood because it was a great way to give back. Michelle said, "It was great seeing so many people come out to support the American Red Cross! It is definitely something I would do again".