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Students organize campus blood drive for Feb. 27

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College social work students challenge the campus and community to help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season.

The students are organizing an American Red Cross “We Challenge ‘U’” blood drive Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge “U” T-shirt, while supplies last.

“We thank Bethel College for accepting the challenge from the Red Cross,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer and it helps patients in need.”

To make an appointment to donate, or for more information, Bethel College students, faculty, staff and alumni may contact Shayne Runnion (620-388-5178) or Nicole Smith (574-612-0078).

College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The We Challenge “U” program encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during difficult winter months.

Before giving blood, donors register, complete a brief health history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

You can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit at any time to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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