Bethel Hosts Community Blood Drive

Bethel College will host a community blood drive Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Goodman Gymnasium. Softball player Danielle Reilly (’13) is coordinating this event and has set a goal to receive 107 units of blood. The American Red Cross is down 93,000 units of blood in this fiscal year in comparison to last year.

“We are desperately trying to help recover some of those units that are needed in a huge way,” said Reilly.

In an effort to gain donors, the American Red Cross is running a campaign called “The Need is Everyday.” If sponsors [like Bethel] achieve 110 percent of their blood drive goal, the American Red Cross will recognize them in a USA Today advertisement at the end of the campaign, as well as feature them on their website.

If you have any questions about blood donation, the process or what it does for patients, visit the website or share your story on Facebook. Search for American Red Cross blood donors and join the conversation online.

To schedule a blood donation appointment, call 1.800.REDCROSS or visit and enter the sponsor code “pilots.” The drive is open to the public.

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.