Senior Softball Player Coordinates Community Blood Drive at Bethel

Bethel College will host a community blood drive October 8 from 10:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Goodman Gymnasium.

Senior Softball Player, Tara Blair, is the coordinator of the event. This past summer she and 14 other National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) athletes interned with the American Red Cross and the NAIA in Washington D.C.  While there, Blair created a strategic plan to organize three blood drives on Bethel’s campus as a part of her internship requirements.

This is the first of three blood drives Bethel will host during this school year. Last year, Cameron Branock, a recent graduate and former baseball player, coordinated the blood drives. He collected a total of 325 units of blood.

Blair says the goal this year is to surpass last year’s total with the help of the college and the community.

"People should participate because it is a wonderful opportunity to help save lives of our fellow people. We just never know when and who will need blood and we need to come together to prepare for any situation,” says Blair.

To make your donation appointment, visit Use the sponsor code: pilots. Walk-ins are also welcome.

For more information, contact Tara Blair at

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.