NORTH?MANCHESTER – Manchester University has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2019 for its support of the community and national blood supply.

Last year, the university’s North Manchester campus community helped the Red Cross collect 241 units of blood donations as part of its commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in the community and across the country, according to a news release from the university.

“Manchester is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need,” said Ali Goetcheus, director of the Manchester University Center for Service Opportunities. “Our organization shares that same humanitarian value to help our neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.”

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.

Blood Drive Feb. 14

The university will host a Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level. Manchester students, faculty and staff are urged to come out and roll up a sleeve.

“We encourage members of the Manchester community to join us Feb. 14 for the We Challenge U blood drive to give the gift of life. The donation process takes only about an hour and can make an enormous difference for a patient battling illness or injury,” Goetcheus said.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors.