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American Red Cross Blood Drive to Help Others

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 27, 2012

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
kanderson@simons-rock.edu
413-528-7209

American Red Cross Blood Drive to Help Others

Premed Student Society Hosts Event at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

On Friday, November 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host an American Red Cross blood drive in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center.

Twice a year for the past six years the Simon’s Rock premed society has hosted and organized the event. Each semester, the members of the premed society spend over two months organizing the event, reaching out to students, faculty and staff, local businesses, and the community to bring donors to campus.

“The students at Simon’s Rock invite members of the community to support the Red Cross and patients in need,” said Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross Blood Services – Northeast Division. "We are grateful for their continued support of our humanitarian mission."

The premed society supports the blood drive on campus and in town, schedules appointments via email and at sign up tables in the dining hall. Members volunteer and recruit other students to help check donors in, issue tickets for their appointments, talk to donors to distract them while blood is being drawn, and sit with them in recovery section while they have snacks and drink.

“We call local shops and businesses to request donations,” explained Alex Black, president of the premed society. “Donors drop their appointment tickets on their way out and we raffle out gift certificates as a way to show our appreciation and add a little fun to a serious event.”

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, email blooddrive@simons-rock.edu or visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

About Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock (www.simons-rock.edu) has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.