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'Pay it Forward' Blood Drive Planned for Jan. 29 at WIU

January 22, 2014


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MACOMB, IL – A blood drive inspired by a graduate-level class at Western Illinois University will be held this year on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the University's Multicultural Center.

The drive, which runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., was an idea generated by WIU staff members and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) graduate students Gretchen Steil-Weiss and Shannon Reed. The two developed the blood drive idea as part of a class taught by Associate Professor Diane Sandage, where they were assigned to develop a "pay it forward" project.

Both women have been personally impacted by life situations involving the need for blood, so they worked together to organize and implement a blood drive. This is the fourth year for the "Pay it Forward" event, even though Steil-Weiss and Reed have both received their LAS master's degrees.

Steil-Weiss and Reed are joined in this year's drive by the Students for Disability Awareness.

Anyone who would like to give blood for the event can contact Steil-Weiss at GE-Steil@wiu.edu or Reed at SR-Reed@wiu.edu. Walk-in donation sessions will be open at 11 a.m.

Donors should eat something before coming to the donation sessions and bring photo identification. For more information on blood donation, visit bloodcenter.org.




Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
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