DAYTON, Ohio – Fraternity and sorority members at the University of Dayton scored points for their chapters, and for young patients at Dayton Children’s Medical Center, by supporting the first Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive of the new school year Tuesday, Sept. 16 in both word and deed.
Tuesday’s blood drive in the RecPlex was the first of 10 blood drives scheduled on the UD campus this year. Members of the UD Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils sponsored the blood drive as an opportunity to also kick-off the Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 Greek Week competition. Greeks could score points for their chapters by registering to donate at the blood drive. They were also invited to craft home-made “get well” cards and upbeat messages that will be delivered to young patients at Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
Greek Week and the new year of UD blood drives got off to a successful start. The blood drive had 128 registrations, including 55 first-time donors and 94 donations for 118% of the collection goal.
“It’s gone really well,” said IFC Community Service Committee Chairman Nick Brehl, a Sigma Phi Epsilon volunteer in the Donor Cafe. “We got a lot of people to show up and make cards, even if they couldn’t give blood. I went to Africa this summer, so I couldn’t give blood. So I filled out a card and I’ve been working all day.”
Alpha Phi sisters Amy DeOliveira and Morgan Wihlen and Zeta Tau Alpha member Theresa Sulminski huddled at a craft table artfully creating cards from brightly colored markers and construction paper. A box in the center of the table was already stuffed with finished cards and envelopes, ready to be delivered to Dayton Children’s.
“It’s just a positive message,” Morgan said of her creation. “I can’t give blood, but this is a chance to give a message of hope and encouragement.”
Sophomore Camille Casey was excited to complete her first lifetime blood donation and demonstrated it with the Alphi Phi hand sign. “I’m deathly afraid of needles,” she said. “I was going to make a card, and when I got here I figured, who not do it! I’m healthy, it’s happening, I’m willing to make a change. Blood helps save people!”
One of the best moments of sisterhood came from two non-Greek sophomores Cecilia Ruffing and Rita Zambon. They had donated together at the last UD blood drive of their freshmen year and were back at the start of the new school year to donate again. “I saw the sign and thought, I wonder if a blood drive is coming up? So I went on line (www.DonorTime.com) to check,” said Cecilia. “I told (Rita) about it and said ‘Would you go give blood with me?’ and she said OK.”