HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 18, 2013 – 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.
“Blood donation is especially important during this time of year, says Taylor Bradley, student coordinator for the Volunteer Center. “Superstorm 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.”
Bradley adds that the HPU community is aware of the need and eager to do their part to help.
“HPU is a service-driven community,” she says. “The 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.”
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.
“The total for this year so far is 330 units,” Bradley says. “Since each donation can help up to three patients, it means 990 lives have been helped. It’s pretty incredible that a school with around 4,000 undergraduate students have helped nearly 1,000 lives.”