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HPU Collects 57 Pints at Successful Blood Drive
HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 18, 2013 â€“ With traumatic weather events and virus outbreaks all over the nation, the American Red Cross is always in need of help, and High Point University sprung into action by hosting a blood drive. The event netted 57 units of blood, which can save up to 171 lives.
â€śBlood donation is especially important during this time of year, says Taylor Bradley, student coordinator for the Volunteer Center. â€śSuperstorm Sandy and the flu outbreak have increased the need two-fold. The American Red Cross supply is at a critical low, so the need for donors is at a crucial high.â€ť
Bradley adds that the HPU community is aware of the need and eager to do their part to help.
â€śHPU is a service-driven community,â€ť she says. â€śThe holistic education HPU provides has stressed the need for community involvement and outreach. The atmosphere at the university is one of giving; students, faculty and staff step up every semester and donate at our blood drives.â€ť
This drive marks the third during the 2012-13 academic year. An additional drive will be held later in the spring semester, and another during the summer.
â€śThe total for this year so far is 330 units,â€ť Bradley says. â€śSince each donation can help up to three patients, it means 990 lives have been helped. Itâ€™s pretty incredible that a school with around 4,000 undergraduate students have helped nearly 1,000 lives.â€ť