Campus blood drive yields more than 400 pints

Riley Mortensen

UMKC donates more blood to the Community Blood Center of Kansas City than any other area college.

Last Wednesday,  as part of UMKC’s homecoming week activities, the Blood Mobile was parked in the quad outside of Royall Hall with hopes of passersby stopping to donate.

“You can donate blood every 56 days,” said Pam Thorp, a Community Blood Center employee. “We supply 100 percent of all the blood to local hospitals. That’s why it’s so important that we get volunteers.”

Last year, UMKC donated 150 pints of blood and this year, has already surpassed 400 pints. Thorp said she believes this is partly due to the number of deans at UMKC who support the center and continue to invite it back. The drive was hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Another donation day is set for November.

Kalo Hoyle, a freshman from the Conservatory and a first-time donor, said he wasn’t nervous and that he will donate blood again.

Across the bus sat Joseph Tesoro, another freshman from the Conservatory who was also donating for the first time. Unlike Hoyle, Tesoro said he felt scared.

Thorp said UMKC is well on the way to becoming a Community Star Group, which is achieved by donating a large quantity of blood. The University will be recognized for the donations at a celebration in the spring.

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