By Wendi Keeler, Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State defeated Michigan State in the Blood Donor Challenge after a blood drive Nov. 15 netted 339 units, putting the University in the lead during the final day of the annual competition.
As the last day started, Penn State found themselves behind by 209 units of blood, but a large turnout at the HUB-Robeson Center blood drive led to a 1,810-pint to 1,789-pint win in the Challenge that began Oct. 29.
Penn State regained the title after losing to Michigan State last year by 106 units of blood. The overall series now stands at Penn State-13, Michigan State-6.
“We love to win the Challenge, but even if we don’t win the real reason we do this is to help the patients that need this blood in hospitals that the Red Cross serves in our area and in Michigan. But it is still nice to win. We put a huge amount of time and effort in the Challenge,” said Melissa Hubley, president of the Penn State Student Red Cross Club. “Between both schools, we added 3,599 pints of blood to the Red Cross inventory.”
The need for blood is constant, but during the busy holiday season the number of blood donors typically decreases. The goal of the Challenge is to help maintain community blood supplies around this time.
This year’s Challenge was made possible by Alpha Epsilon Delta, Association of Residence Hall Students, Graduate Student Association, Interfraternity Council, McDonalds, Panhellenic Council, Penn State Bookstore, Penn State Food Services, Sheetz, Student Bookstore, University Park Allocation Committee and University Park Undergraduate Association.
For information on future blood drives and to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossbloood.org.