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Western blood drive falls short of goals

The St. Joseph Community Blood Center held a blood drive at Missouri Western Friday, Feb. 25, with the goal of collecting 52 units of blood.

The Community Blood Center has held three blood drives at Western this fiscal school year and has had great success with getting people to donate blood.

Nurse Mary Jane was one of the several nurses on hand Friday taking blood from donors.

“I have been involved in blood drives quite a few times here at Missouri Western,” Jane said.

Jane was animated about the importance of giving blood and the lives that are saved by donating. She was hoping for a good turnout of donors during the drive Friday.

Kirby Hoerrmann, a Western junior, participated in the drive Friday. Hoerrmann said that she has donated blood many times while attending classes at Western.

Collection Supervisor Jan Rogers draws blood from Ben Olsen.

“The main reason I donate blood is to save a life,” Hoerrmann said.

Western freshman Emilee Silvey was another student donating for the cause Friday. Silvey stated that she has donated blood three times during her short time here at Western.

Silvey shares the same view of many donators’ in the hope that their blood will save someone’s life.

“If someone is dying and needs blood then they can use mine,” Silvey said.

Silvey stated that her personal experience with a friend’s sister who was sick with leukemia and needed blood often is another contributing factor in why she continues to donate.

Silvey’s hometown of Lawson, MO did a lot of activities to help her friend’s ill sister in her time of need. Silvey said the town came together and participated in things like blood drives and dodge-ball tournaments to raise money for her friend’s family.

“It really brought our town a lot closer,” Silvey said.

The goal of 52 units was not reached Friday, as the Blood Center ended very short of their goal with only 23 units collected.

The Community Blood Center would like to thank those who can out to donate and they want to encourage people to keep making donations. The Blood Center in St. Joseph is open 7 days a week so finding time to give blood should fit anyone’s schedule.

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