Mississippi College

MC Conducts Post-Gustav Blood Drive

September 2, 2008

Mississippi College is hosting a blood drive on the Clinton campus Wednesday and Thursday at a time when the need for blood is urgent following Hurricane Gustav.

The Mississippi Blood Services drive will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days in the Alumni Hall lobby. Students, faculty and staff are invited to give blood.

MBS spokesman Tony Bahou says the need for blood has increased now. A number of MBS blood drawing stations were closed in recent days around Mississippi after the hurricane-turned tropical storm slammed into the Gulf region.

Those making donations at the MC drive will receive a T-shirt. Participants are also eligible to win an iPod. Donors are encouraged to eat at least four hours within giving blood and should drink fluids before and after the blood drive.

MBS serves patients at hospitals across the state, including those in hard-hit Gulf Coast areas impacted by Hurricane Gustav. A weakened Gustav belted southern Louisiana and parts of south Mississippi on Monday as a Category 2 storm. More than 100,000 people in Mississippi lost power at some point.

MBS officials are thankful that Mississippians at MC and elsewhere are stepping up to donate blood and blood products during this time.

"Donate blood and save a life," Bahou says.

Call MBS staffers at 601-981-3232 or stop by their offices at 1995 Lakeland Drive in Jackson for more details.

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