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January 16, 2014 : APO and the American Red Cross Team Up to Conduct Blood Drives on Campus
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster student organization Alpha Phi Omega is teaming up with the American Red Cross to have blood drives on campus each semester.  The latest drive was held on Thursday in the Wilkes Art Gallery in Brasee Hall.


“With this many students and staff in one place, it’s important to make it convenient for people to give blood,” said APO Secretary Jessica Kull.


The American Red Cross was on campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Appointments were scheduled but, walk-ins were accepted as well.


“Because of the bad weather, blood donations are down this year,” said Kull. “But, there is an increased need for all blood types because of the bad weather as well. One blood donation can save three lives.”


The Central Ohio Blood Services Region serves 27 counties and needs 800 blood donors each day to meet patient needs in 41 hospitals.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.


“APO plans to make this a long-term partnership with the American Red Cross,” said Kull. “It’s important to have blood drives on campus frequently.”


Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-ed service fraternity with active chapters on more than 350 college campuses.  The APO Chapter at Ohio University Lancaster recruits new members each semester.  The goal of APO is to provide students who want to be a part of an organization with leadership skills while providing service to our campus and community.