University of Arkansas-Monticello students who wanted to donate blood the morning of Sept.13 could not. An American Red Cross team member said they could not process any donations that morning because the computers crashed during the blood drive.
With the computers fixed and running again by noon, the Red Cross could take donors again. Despite the crash that took place during what campus nurse Terri Richardson said was a peak time for the blood drive, they collected 40 units of blood.
According to a team member of the American Red Cross, the computers have not gone down before.
Shaun Wilson, a student at UAM, said the Red Cross computers crashing at the donation site did not affect him. He planned to donate as soon as they get the services up and running.
“It kills us. This is a critical blood drive today,” said Martie Smith a donor representative. Currently the Red Cross blood bank needs all blood types, especially O-, O+ and B-.
Smith said the Red Cross holds regularly scheduled blood drives in Monticello every eight weeks at the Methodist Church. In the upcoming weeks, another blood drive will take place. She also said students are welcome and encouraged to donate.
Those interested in donating can also call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to find the nearest blood donation center.
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ŠThe Voice 2006
Revised 09/13/2006 11:05:03 PM— http://www.uamont.edu/Organizations/TheVoice/4_2/blood.htm