Carter BloodCare Honors Baylor for High Donation Numbers and Commitment to Community Service

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April 27, 2016

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WACO, Texas (April 27, 2016) – A representative from Carter BloodCare recently visited Baylor’s Student Activities office to thank Baylor University for its combined efforts to collect blood donations for the 2015 year. The Office of Community Engagement and Service received a plaque in recognition of the philanthropic efforts of student organizations.

Carter BloodCare recognized Baylor for its steadfast support of their community blood program. Through the combined efforts of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service organization, four week-long blood drives took place in 2015. Together, these organizations helped Baylor achieve the highest number of units collected annually by an organization.

“These three organizations and the Baylor community have enabled patients they will probably never know to enjoy more of life’s special moments through blood transfusion,” said Vickie Carpenter, manager of mobile operations for Carter BloodCare Central Texas.

Through the blood drives on the Baylor campus, more than 1,000 units of blood were collected, which was just under 10 percent of Carter BloodCare’s total collections for the calendar year.

“Our students often make substantial efforts by linking arms and coming together to benefit the greater good,” said Macy Warburton, coordinator for community service in Baylor’s Office of Community Engagement and Service. “The award Baylor has received from Carter BloodCare is a testament to these efforts and the hard work produced by those student organizations who poured their hearts and time into serving the community through the donation collections.”

“MAPS is honored to be recognized by Baylor and Carter BloodCare for the work our members did during the blood drive,” said Lizette Luge, MAPS president. “Our goal was to have 50 units of blood donated per day. Each unit helps save the lives of three individuals or six babies. Instead of collecting 750 units over the course of three blood drives, the Baylor community donated 1,023 units of blood.”

Alexa Hein, president of Alpha Phi Omega, applauded Baylor students for their commitment to donating their time and resources to helping people.

“Receiving the award not only speaks highly of the organizations who brought the blood drives to campus, but also about Baylor’s student population for being donors,” she said. “My hope is that we have inspired and challenged other campuses to donate blood to help save lives.”

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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