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Last month’s campus blood drive resulted in 70 units for area hospitals, according to Samuel W. Miller Memorial Blood Center in Bethlehem.

One hundred Lafayette students, faculty, and staff showed up to donate blood Nov. 18, representing a two percent participation rate. The number of collected units jumped 13 percent compared to the total at the previous blood drive held Feb. 21. (These figures do not include donors who may have donated at any Miller Memorial Blood Center locations.)

The event was organized as part of the Lehigh Valley Collegiate Blood Drive Challenge. Results of efforts at other area institutions will be released this month.

The hard work of planners, volunteers, and donors helped ensure that area hospitals were supplied with blood and blood products over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to Ann Ruggiero, donor resources representative for Miller Memorial Blood Center.

“This is no small feat, considering the ongoing blood supply shortage that has plagued the nation since last spring,” she says. “You can be assured that your efforts have made a major contribution to the health of our community — the gift of life is priceless
and something we can all be thankful for.”

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