Annual Blood Drive at the University of Lynchburg

A blood drive graphic.

Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Editor 

     The University of Lynchburg and American Red Cross are hosting an annual blood drive on campus Mar. 15 that will be open to students, faculty, staff and retirees.

     It will be conducted in the Hall Campus Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

     B.J. Keefer, the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, has led the organization of the event with help from students. Deborah Brown, the Coordinator of Student Engagement at Lynchburg, is retiring this year. Because of this, students have been stepping in as volunteers at the event. 

     Ariel Lineberry, junior, is one of the students who has helped organize the event to make sure it will be conducted in a safe environment. 

     “We’re trying to get as many people involved as we can—we currently have 12 volunteers this time around,” Lineberry said. “People have been ready to jump in and donate blood or time.”

     Lynchburg was unable to host a blood drive the past two semesters due to COVID-19.

     Hannah Yarosh, sophomore, explained, “We have always sponsored and hosted blood drives, but because of COVID-19 they were canceled in spring 2020 and fall 2020. However, we feel like they can be done safely based on the events we have held in the last few months.”

     The university will be taking COVID-19 precautions for the event. It is being held in the Ballroom at Hall Campus Center to allow for proper social distancing. Persons donating blood will be required to wear masks.

     “The community registers for a time to donate by email and link,” Yarosh said. “Protocols from the Red Cross and University will be followed.”

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