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Through a blood drive next Monday sponsored by the Landis Community Outreach Center and Student Government, Lafayette is participating in a Lehigh Valley-wide competition among colleges and universities to increase the number of blood donors on their campuses.

Reminder cards were mailed to registered individuals this week. Prizes will be awarded to the student leadership of each school with the most significant increase in blood collections as compared to previous blood drives, and the school with the highest percentage of units of blood collected as compared to its total number of students, faculty, and staff.

As of Tuesday, Lafayette had registered 40 more individuals than last year at the same time. The number of usable units collected will be determined following Monday’s event.

A reminder to registered donors of the following is intended to increase the usable pints collected: Eat a full meal and increase fluid intake six hours prior to donating, refrain from drinking alcohol eight hours beforehand, bring photo ID, and if possible, use only non-aspirin products (e.g. Tylenol) for pain relief two days prior to donation.

A limited number of walk-in donations will be taken the day of the event for those who have not registered. Interested non-registered individuals should stop by the Farinon Center the day of the event between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to check for openings.

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