OXFORD, Ohio – The giving to help others never stops at Miami University, but it does slow down a bit when many students leave campus for the summer. The RedHawks held their final two blood drives of the spring semester on April 19 and April 27 to complete another academic year of blood drive excellence.
There’s a steady beat to the MU lifeline of support for patients in need of blood in Butler County and across Community Blood Center’s 15-county region. The April 19 blood drive in the Shriver Center totaled 77 donors and 63 donations and the year-ending blood drive on April 27 had 77 donors and 55 donations. The final blood drives had the year’s highest number of first-time donors with 27 on April 19 and 42 on April 27.
Miami hosted 10 student blood drives during the 2016-2017 school year. The student blood drives alone totaled 811 donors, 270 first-time donors and 619 donations for an average of 90 percent of the collection goal.
The Miami Faculty and Staff hosted an additional five blood drives. Also on the calendar was the annual two-day “Greek Week Blood Drive in September,” the biggest blood drive at Miami and in the CBC region.
Miami is CBC’s largest blood drive account with an overall total of 17 blood drives per year. In 2016 the student, faculty and Greek Week blood drives totaled 1,704 donors, 566 first-time donors and 1,357 donations.
The final blood drives of the spring semester came at a busy time with students finishing up classes, getting ready for final exams, and looking forward to summer jobs, internships, and foreign travel.
“I’m in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and we get service hours for donating,” said Melissa Knapke, a sophomore from Fort Recovery who will travel to Luxembourg this summer.
“I’m in the same service fraternity,” said sophomore Nick Porter, who was donating in a bed nearby. He also made his fifth lifetime donation. “It’s a nice chance to help so many people. I’m an A negative and my blood is taken by a lot of people.”
Nick also has summer travel plans that include spending five weeks studying Austrian and German culture.
Junior Taylor Edwards will be traveling even further. She will spend two months in China for an internship in business law. But before saying goodbye to Oxford she mustered the courage to make her first lifetime blood donation. “My doctor convinced me because he said I had good veins for it!” she said.
Taylor found herself in good company as she joined the ranks of blood donors at Miami.
The Faculty and Staff will keep the lifeline going in summer with a June 1 blood drive. The first student blood drive of the fall will be Sept. 6 followed by the 2017 Greek Week Blood Drive Sept. 12-13.