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March 4, 2015

>The Norwich Student Nurses Association and the Center for Civic Engagement organized the semi-annual event with help from the American Red Cross.

Norwich University’s biannual blood drive organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross collected 343 pints of life-saving blood on Thursday, Feb. 26, achieving its stated goal of 343 pints.

The campus event hosted 308 donors, 82 of them first-time donors. In all, 343 pints of blood were collected, including 74 double red cell procedures. The latter process uses a machine enabling volunteers to donate twice the amount of red blood cells of a normal blood donation. The goal of 343 pints of blood was derived as an average of the last three February blood drives, and organizers were pleased to achieve the target exactly.

American Red Cross officials have had to cancel many blood drives in Vermont and beyond this winter due to inclement weather. They said they are thrilled with the success of the Norwich drive.

“Since the beginning of February the Red Cross had to cancel more than 575 blood drives due to winter weather,” said Ryan Schmoldt, Donor Recruitment Manager for the American Red Cross. “Here in the Northern New England Region, which encompasses Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, we have to collect 700 pints of blood every single day to maintain an adequate blood supply for the hospitals we work with. We are very grateful to Norwich University and the surrounding communities for their support of this blood drive.”

“I also want to take the opportunity to thank Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement and the Student Nurses’ Association,” Schmoldt added. “Our partnership with them is a strong one and that is reflected in the amount of lifesaving blood collected there.”

Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement and the Student Nurses’ Association worked in partnership with American Red Cross to organize the drive.

“We are especially proud of the student leadership it takes to help pull off such a large-scale event each semester,” said Nicole DiDomenico, director of the Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement.

“Our students always rise to the challenge, whether it is to volunteer at the event or to donate or both. This is easily the most popular way each year for our students, faculty, staff and community members to give back. The numbers say it all.”

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Norwich University˜

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