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Saint Mary’s hosts blood drive

Susan Head | Thursday, February 10, 2011

Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff donated blood at an American Red Cross blood drive on Saint Mary’s campus Wednesday.

According to the Red Cross, recent snowstorms led to the cancellation of blood drives and 1,000 units of blood have gone uncollected.

“The blood supply is at critically low levels due to this issue, so we encourage everyone who is able to give blood to do so this Wednesday,” said Jennifer Kornexl, blood drive coordinator for Saint Mary’s College.

The drive was held in the Earley Conference Rooms of the Student Center Basement.

Kathy Strycker, Goshen team supervisor for the Red Cross, said the drive was a success.

“We’ve been very impressed,” Strycker said. “We’ve had 23 people donate this first hour. We hope this sets the tone for the day. We had a goal of 74 units, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have 95 people sign up.”

“I’m surprised by how many people signed up and by how many are returning donors,” senior Christine Gallic added.

Despite a previous experience of fainting while donating blood, sophomore Julia Fletcher donated blood for her second time Wednesday.

“It’s a really good cause, and I want to help out any way I can,” Fletcher said.

Kornexl said donating blood is important because one donation can save up to three lives.

Senior Kelly Zenere said donating blood is a way to give back to the community.

“I feel like I’m giving back with my body,” Zenere said. “To me, it’s the biggest way to give back.”