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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 21, 2015

Northwest community donates record blood total during 2014-2015

Northwest Missouri State University’s Student Senate sponsored its third and final blood drive of the 2014-2015 academic year April 14-16, exceeding the total number of blood units it collected a year ago by 120 units.

Northwest collected 745 units of blood during the current academic year, compared to 625 units last year. Northwest also collected 272 units of blood during its January blood drive, breaking its record of units collected during a single blood drive. The previous total was 268 units collected during the fall 2012 blood drive.

The Student Senate annually sponsors blood drives during the fall, winter and spring months in cooperation with the Community Blood Center to boost blood supplies in northwest Missouri.

Community Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood and blood components to local hospitals and medical centers. Blood from volunteer donors assists cancer patients recovering from the rigors of chemotherapy, auto accident victims needing blood for emergency surgeries or mothers needing blood as the result of traumatic birth deliveries. It is estimated three lives are saved with every unit collected.

Northwest has offered blood drives since at least 1973, and donated nearly 7,000 units of blood since 2000 – enough to save more than 21,000 lives.

“We appreciate the partnership with the Student Senate,” said Betty Tinker, an account manager for the Community Blood Center. “As you can see this is a great help not only for the Community Blood Center but for the hospitals we serve as well.”

For more information, contact the Community Blood Center at 800.245.7035 or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468