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Fall challenge blood drives dry up Thursday

Oct. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--There's still time to participate in the fall Western Michigan University-Central Michigan University Blood Challenge that began Oct. 16 and ends Oct. 26.

The Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting several blood drives on the WMU campus next week as the "mini" version of its annual, large-scale spring WMU-CMU Blood Challenge winds down.

The drives are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of WMU. Appointments are not required.

The remaining drives are scheduled for: 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in Ernest Burnham Hall; 1 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in French Hall; 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Bernhard Center; 1 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesay, Oct. 25, in Bigelow Hall; and 1 to 6:45 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 26, in the College of Health and Human Services building.

Both WMU and CMU hope to collect a minimum of 550 pints of usable blood during this year's fall challenge. WMU's collections will benefit the Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, which serves people in Allegan, Cass, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties.

Information about donating blood is available online at www.givelife.org.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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