Saving Lives

Molly Kenney
Molly Kenney

Did you know: one blood donation can save the lives of up to three people?

I had the opportunity to participate in the University’s of Missouri’s annual Homecoming Blood Drive. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous. But as I waited in line I received many encouraging text messages from chapter members, family and friends. It was pretty cool to see how many students were participating. Here are a few facts from the University of Missouri about what makes their blood drive so unique:

  1. It is the largest blood drive on a college campus.
  2. This year the American Red Cross collected 4,588 pints of blood. This will help at least 13,566 patients receive blood transfusions.
  3. During the four day blood drive the American Red Cross registered 7,230 individuals.
  4. The 100,000th donation was collected this year in Homecoming Blood Drive history.
  5. All the blood collected during the blood drive the week prior to the homecoming football game will be used by kickoff time.

The last fact was shocking to me! So, I encourage you all to reach out to the American Red Cross and find a blood drive near you. According to the American Red Cross, it is estimated that 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate but less than 10% do each year. Make a difference and donate to save three lives!

Dove love, Molly

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