Second of four campus-wide blood drives Nov. 6

Though the first University-wide blood drive in September was a huge success, more blood is needed. The second of four University-wide blood drives this year will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“The Sept. 11 drive was the best drive we’ve ever had,” said Stephanie Kurtzman, director of the Community Service Office and associate director of the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service. “We were able to collect 690 units of blood compared with 609 units all of last academic year. But there are still people in the St. Louis area who are in need. We are encouraging everyone to get involved.”

Kurtzman stressed that Nov. 6 is more than the 56 days required between donations, so those who donated during the Sept. 11 drive can donate again.

In the past, student-run blood drives, supported by the Community Service Office, were held six times a year. In an effort to more easily publicize the drive and make it more of a campus-wide event, the idea of a large-scale drive was born. The remaining University-wide drives will be held Jan. 29 and April 1, 2008.

There will be 12 blood donation sites for the November drive, with at least one at each of the Danforth, Medical, North and West campuses. A variety of times will be offered as well.

The drive is sponsored by the Community Service Office in collaboration with the American Red Cross and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Online signup will again be available. For blood drive locations or to register as a donor or volunteer, visit