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Blood Drive at Mississippi College Making An Impact

October 3, 2013

More than 100 Mississippi College students donated the gift of life during a two-day blood drive this fall.

It was another case of MC students rising to the occasion as two Mississippi Blood Services buses parked near Provine Chapel on the Clinton campus October 2-3.

Staffers at the Flowood-based MBS regularly visit Mississippi College year after year, and there are reasons why.

“We always get a good response from the MC group,” says MBS senior marking representative Tammy Bouchillon. “There are a lot of civic-minded students here.”

There were 52 MC students donating blood Wednesday, and 48 others joined them by mid-afternoon Thursday. And more were on the way. The drive ends at 5 p.m.

MBS bloodmobiles will return to the Clinton campus December 4-5 before the start of final exams.

Frequent visits to Mississippi College in 2012 are a small part of the donations statewide made by 65,000 Mississippians. “We needed 80,000 last year,” Bouchillon said.

Mississippi Blood Services donates blood to about 49 hospitals around the Magnolia State.

As MBS staffer Lisa Frank assisted with the procedure in a bloodmobile Wednesday, Mississippi College senior Robert Foster, 22, recalled he once needed blood as a high school student. “I gave (blood) once before. I wanted to give back,” said the Birmingham, Alabama resident.

MC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter sponsored the fall blood drive dubbed “making an impact.”

“I give all the time,” says Mississippi College junior Melissa Manues of Meridian.

Mississippi Blood Services staffers are challenging Mississippians to give blood or platelets in October because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Donors making contributions at Mississippi College this week received free MBS T-shirts.

But that wasn’t why MC sophomore Amanda Hamilton of Seattle, Washington signed up. “I really like doing it.”

For more information, contact the Mississippi Blood Services office at 115 Tree Street in Flowood at 601.981.3232 or 888-90-BLOOD.

Photo: Mississippi College senior Robert Foster, 22, of Birmingham, Alabama donates blood Wednesday.