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Michigan Blood Partners with SVSU's Peer Health Department to Host Blood Drive

Michigan Blood educates students about the need for blood through campus blood drives

With the support of Saginaw Valley State University’s Peer Health Department, Michigan Blood recently hosted a two-day campus blood drive in September aimed at saving lives and educating students about the blood donation process. 

The “Pizza for Pints” drive was a success, collecting 103 blood donations and mobilized 44 first donors. Every person who registered, a total of 157, received a Papa John’s coupon for a free large one-topping pizza. Due to the large response, blood drive organizers plan to increase staffing for future drives to better manage wait times.

“It was great to not only have students donating blood, but also to have them volunteering during the drive,” said Rachelle Treymann, donor relations specialist for Michigan Blood. “This was the first time we have used campus volunteers – their help was key. We are grateful for those who have responded to help us throughout the year. Overall, more than 300 lives were saved through this effort.”

To prepare and learn more about the donation process before the drive, the Peer Health Department took a tour of Michigan Blood’s lab in their Saginaw Donor Center site. The group was also instrumental in helping Michigan Blood produce a video featuring Gatlin Hoffman, a SVSU freshman, highlighting the need for blood and the donation process. The video is a part of a series of themed videos that will be shown during Valley Nights to educate and encourage students to donate blood.

The Peer Health Department is one of four groups partnering with Michigan Blood to host blood drives throughout the year. The next “Pizza for Pints” blood drive, hosted by Residence Life, will run from Noon to 6 p.m. Monday, November 25 in Curtiss Hall in the Alumni Lounge. Every person who attempts to donate will receive a Papa John’s coupon for a free large one topping pizza (coupon redeemed online only).  Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID (or two forms of non-photo ID).

Michigan Blood is a nonprofit blood center that hosts 3,700 blood drives a year to help meet the needs of local hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Blood is the exclusive blood provider for Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan.

Did you miss the blood donation video featuring Gatlin Hoffman at Valley Nights? Check it out here: