Oct. 1, 2010
Student Senate releases record-breaking results of blood drive
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The results are in from Northwest Missouri State University's Student Senate-sponsored blood drive this week, and they are record-breaking.
Northwest students, employees and Maryville residents donated 262 units of blood during the three-day blood drive at Northwest. On Wednesday, donors gave 98 units - the most collected during a Northwest blood drive in one day dating back to 1990, according to the Community Blood Center.
Student Senate estimates donors helped save 1,086 lives, based on a formula that three people are saved with every unit collected.
"It is amazing to know that so many lives were helped and to watch the cheerfulness of the workers from the Community Blood Center as we pulled in larger numbers than they had seen for years at a Northwest blood drive," Tamera Dunn, Student Senate civic service co-chair, said. "Getting to interact with the students who gave throughout the three days also showed me that we really do have a caring community here that doesn't necessarily need a contest or an incentive for donating."
Student Senate President Quentin Templeton said it was humbling to see the blood drive attract so many donors from the Northwest and Maryville communities, and hopes participation in the blood drives will grow.
"It wasn't just our students, because the entire Northwest Family - students, administrators, faculty, staff, and community members - came out in droves," Templeton said. "The lines people sat in just to have the opportunity to donate were humbling. As you walk around campus, it was great to see everyone proudly wearing their Community Blood Center bandage like a badge of honor."
Templeton added, "Senators Dunn and (Stefania) Strohman worked incredibly hard to ensure that this event was a success, and it certainly paid off. The results are further evidence of the incredible heart our campus has for those in need. "
Student Senate blood drives are coordinated with the Community Blood Center, which is the sole supplier of St. Francis Hospital in Maryville.
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