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September 13, 2013
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SRU's CSIL hosts emergency blood drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Slippery Rock University is joining with the American Red Cross's West Central Pennsylvania chapter to coordinate an emergency blood drive as part of the University's National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The drive, which has dedicated the collection in honor of the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 17, in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The drive is open to both campus and community members.

"We have set a goal of 100 donors," said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director and a member of the board of directors of the West Central Pennsylvania chapter. "Because of the number of current students and alumni from Oklahoma it was decided this blood drive would also be dedicated to the victims of that storm."

John Hagins, chief executive officer of the Greater Alleghenies Region Red Cross, said, "Everyday, the Red Cross must collect almost 17,000 pints of blood for patients at nearly 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood donations through the American Red Cross are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. A public appeal in late June briefly stopped the decline, but the effect was temporary and the situation remains tenuous."

In addition to the normal daily needs, the tornado in Oklahoma caused an even greater need this year, according to Red Cross officials.

"Slippery Rock University has an extremely close relationship with the West Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross with two members of the campus community sitting on its board of directors. Our local communities have benefitted tremendously from the on-going partnership between the University and the Red Cross. Over the years, SRU donors have saved thousands of lives through their donations of blood," Dagnon said

For additional information about the CSIL, the blood drive or community service opportunities, call Nicole Thoma, graduate assistant in the CSIL office at 724.738.4477.

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