Students Bleed Bethel Blue for the American Red Cross

Bethel College senior baseball player Cameron Branock, along with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive on Friday, Feb. 20 from 10:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. in the Goodman Gymnasium.

It’s also part of a friendly competition between Bethel students and the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne students. Both schools are competing to see who collects the most units of blood. The winning school will be presented a plaque during halftime of the Bethel College vs. University of Saint Francis men’s basketball game this Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3:00 p.m.

 “People usually think that if there is not a disaster, there is no need to give blood. But this is not true. The American Red Cross never has enough blood,” said Branock. “The American Red Cross ensures that no blood is ever wasted. If it is not needed in the St. Joseph County area, the blood is sent elsewhere.”

Branock has also teamed up with Bethel College’s junior class to promote this event. The junior class will be selling “I Bleed Bethel Blue” T-shirts at the blood drive and basketball game. T-shirts are available for $5 for those who give blood and $7 for everyone else. The proceeds will help fund the school’s Junior/Senior Banquet in April.

All Bethel staff, faculty, students and community members are invited to donate. Branock’s goal is to collect 100-105 units of blood. By reaching this goal, Bethel College will beat the University of Saint Francis in the blood drive competition. The University of Saint Francis blood drive took place on Wednesday, Jan. 21. According to the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, 89 units of blood were collected.

This is the second time the American Red Cross has held a blood drive on Bethel’s campus. The first blood drive took place on Oct. 8. Students gave 130 units of blood.

To schedule your appointment go to: www.givelife.org

Use the sponsor code: pilots

For questions contact Cameron Branock at 765.506.0229 or branocc@BethelCollege.edu.