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Blood Drive Fails to Draw a Crowd

Photo by Danielle Thomas
Giving Life -- Junior Danielle Ayres gets ready to donate blood.
Danielle Thomas
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   The University of Arkansas at Monticello hosted the Life Share Blood Centers blood drive Wednesday, April 12 in the Gibson University Center Green Room.

   Life Share holds a blood drive at UAM two to three times a year.

   Phillip Thomas, recruiting coordinator for Life Share, said that they are the sole supporter of blood for Drew Memorial hospital.

   "(The Monticello area) needs about 100 units of blood a day. Last month, we were 500 units short," Thomas said.

   Not as many people came to this blood drive as they did to the last one held on campus. Thomas said there were around 70 donors at the last drive Life Shares held at UAM.

   Terri Richardson, director of student health and Exercise Center, also said there weren’t very many donors.

   "Today was just very slow. Not many students showed up," Richardson said.

   The students that did show up had good reasons for donating their blood.

   "(I donated) because I’d hate to hear about my daughter needing blood and nobody donating it for her," first-year student Christi Allen said.
 
      Life Shares still needs blood. To become a donor, the three most important steps are to be in good health, over 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more.

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