Blood donors give 113 units, $700

Sep 13, 2001

It was more than a blood drive ...

It was more than a blood drive ...

It was a red, white and blue kind of day at Kettering University on Wednesday when the "College Town Blood Battle" turned into more than just a blood drive one day after terrorists hit national sites in New York and Washington, D.C.

Several hundred donors stepped forward for the American Red Cross, offering their blood, their money and their time.

The goal for Wednesday's blood drive was 75 units. The results -- outstanding! A total of 113 units were collected. Almost 200 donors signed in, although waiting periods of several hours deterred some of the volunteers as the large lounge in the Campus Center filled to capacity. Another 86 people were turned away when it became apparent that staff time and supplies would be running short. There were 34 first-time donors, many of them Kettering students. Additionally, almost $700 was collected for the New York Disaster Fund "I think it was a smooth operation, considering the patience it took for donors to wait up to four hours to give the gift of life,"said Colleen O'Callaghan, donor recruitment representative. O'Callaghan applauded the brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha, who organized the blood drive, calling them "outstanding." She said the blood drive couldn't have happened if they wouldn't have moved chairs, aided blood donors and helped clean up at the end of the evening.

Dereck Mashburn, a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering from Linden, coordinated the blood drive as part of his role as community service chairman for the Pikes. "I thought the whole day was excellent," he said. "Normally, we volunteer in shifts, but we had no idea the turn out would be like this. I'm really pleased with my brothers. They've done really well today."

Kettering's blood drive was part of the College Town Blood Battle, a competition between Genesee County's four campuses -- Baker College, Kettering, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan - Flint -- to benefit the blood program. Blood drives are also planned for the following days:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Mott Community College, 1-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, University of Michigan - Flint, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, Baker College, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.