Leadership Students Seek Blood Donors

First-year Leadership Southwestern students are seeking blood donors and volunteers for the American Red Cross blood drive.
The blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the White Physical Education building located just east of Stewart Field House on the Southwestern College campus.
This will be the second blood drive by the first-year students.  The team sponsored a blood drive in the fall.  This drive was a bit unexpected.
“A few weeks ago, I received an email from Michele Grimm (Senior Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross) asking for a favor,” says Brae Johnson, Americorp VISTA at Southwestern. 
According to Johnson, a scheduled blood drive in another town had to cancel leaving a hole in the American Red Cross schedule and 65 pints to make up. She wanted to know if there was any way the Leadership team could help her with this problem.
“I was eager to help but nervous that my first-year team already had full plates; I did not want to put more undue pressure on them,” Johnson says.  “This is a busy time in the Leadership world. I put the challenge before the team and, without hesitation, they decided they would help.
Walk-in donors and volunteers are always welcome but it is helpful to schedule a time to donate or volunteer. Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Donors will also receive two Sonic coupons.  One for a free medium cherry limeade and one for a buy one, get one Sonic cheeseburger free.  Contact Johnson at (620) 229-6252 or email  

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