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OHIO and Athens County community invited to give blood May 30 at Baker University Center


The Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) and the OHIO Division of Student Affairs is teaming up with the Southeast Chapter of the Ohio Red Cross to host a blood drive May 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Baker University Center’s fifth floor atrium. Faculty, staff, OHIO summer semester students and the Athens County community are invited to make a donation by scheduling an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-in donations will also be accepted as the schedule permits.

Three successful blood drives occurred on campus in April. While people are often moved to donate in light of a crisis like the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and the April 15th Boston Marathon bombing, donations are always needed to support the ongoing need for blood in our community said Lora Gaitten, senior donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross’s Central Ohio Blood Services Region.

“It's human nature to want to respond in the time of a crisis or national disaster. People want to help and feel like they are making a difference when they do,” said Gaitten. “However, what most people forget is that someone somewhere is always in a personal crisis or disaster. That crisis could be a cancer diagnosis, an automobile accident or an infant born prematurely. The reality is that every two seconds somebody needs blood. As we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon, we can't forget about those people who need blood products daily.”

Donors at the April drives signed a poster created by OUAA to show their support of the victims of the tragedy. Donors at the May 30 drive will have the same opportunity to sign the poster, which will be presented to OUAA’s Massachusetts serves New England Chapter.

“The southeastern Ohio community can be proud that we, too, turn out in great numbers to help with emergency blood supplies,” said Jenny Hall-Jones, Ohio University’s associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “But May is an especially hard time for the blood supply. (See her reasons why in the sidebar). When students donate blood they should realize that at that moment they are literally saving someone’s life. Please help support the members of our family who are in need by signing up to donate today.” Hall-Jones also serves as a volunteer on the Central Ohio Red Cross Blood Region board and is the advisor to OHIO’s local chapter of the Campus Red Cross student group. 

Jenny Hall-Jones, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, board member of the Central Ohio Red Cross Blood Region, and advisor to OHIO’s local chapter of the Campus Red Cross student group explains why it’s important to consider giving blood in the month of May:

  • The need is constant. Surgeries and treatments are performed every day on patients who need transfusions.  
  • The summer season of travel is a high demand season because of accidents. Summer is also a low giving season because of summer vacations.  
  • The semester transition means that fewer students and faculty members are on campus and our normal blood donors may not be on campus to give.