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Sept. 18, 2017

Hurricanes spur high demand for blood donations

The Cleveland State University Health and Wellness Services hosted a blood drive Sept. 12 and 13  to provide additional blood for the Red Cross and its emergency relief efforts.

The community-focused nonprofit organization, known as LifeShare, sponsored the drive.

“LifeShare provides the scholarships, the number of scholarships depends on our donations. The more donations we give, the more scholarships we receive,” said Denise Keary, Cleveland State University Health and Wellness coordinator.

For every 40 donations, LifeShare donates a $500 scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year that will be raffled off  in May. The organization also gave away $5 Chipotle gift cards to every student who  donated.

“Last year six-$500 gift cards were awarded by LifeShare,” Keary said.

While the number varies, the organizations are hoping to increase the number  of donations from previous years.  The website for the American Red Cross even has a separate donation page strictly for Hurricane Irma victims. Additionally, both organizations have various locations across Ohio that have extended donation hours.

The hurricanes that recently took place in the south have increased the demand for blood, according to the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross will host another blood drive on Oct . 30 and 31 in the same room.  LifeShare shall return to the Main Classroom Auditorium on Nov. 27 and 28.


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