College is one of 24 groups to be recognized as local leader by Miller-Keystone Blood Center Twitter
By Stephen Wilson
207 units. That amount of blood can impact or save nearly 600 lives. For Lafayette faculty, administration, students, and staff, their gift will benefit patients in need at local hospitals.
As a way to say thanks, leaders from Miller-Keystone Blood Center presented a plaque to Lafayette College.
“Eight hundred companies and organizations participate in blood drives, but only 24 in the region earn the Local Leaders Award,” says CEO Pete Castagna.
Michael McShane, senior director of recruitment, development, and marketing at Miller-Keystone, adds, “Successful drives mean there is a successful coordinator who inspires others to give.”
That success is in the hands of two people. One is Justin Ungerleider ’19, who has earned this award two years in a row and served as blood drive organizer for three years. The other is Amber Zuber, director of leadership and service programs at Landis Center for Community Engagement.
“Snowy weather canceled one of our blood drives this year,” says Ungerleider. “Still students and staff found ways to travel to other sites and give under the College’s name. It speaks to their belief in helping others. The 30 minutes of time it takes to donate can save three lives.”
The May 6 drive was held in memory of Maddie Smart ’20, who lost her battle with leukemia.