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Citadel News Service
14 Sep 2009

The Citadel vs. VMI: Who can give the most blood?

Update 16 September: VMI will conclude its blood drive today. We will announce the results of the blood drive challenge as soon as we can.

Tuesday’s blood drive at The Citadel has taken on new meaning.

For the first time, the blood drive is a competition between The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute. The winner gets a trophy and bragging rights for the next year.

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The Citadel is the largest donor of whole blood to the Charleston area chapter of the American Red Cross and is the largest donor of platelets in the South Carolina.

“The real winners are those who receive life-giving blood,” said Shelton Milner, activities coordinator in The Citadel Department of Cadet Activities. “A single donation of blood can save up to three people.”

The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall. Cadets, faculty, staff, Graduate College students and the public are welcome.

The blood drive is hosted by the American Red Cross and the Armed Services Blood Program at Ft. Gordon, Ga. The Red Cross blood donations go to the local community and the Armed Services blood donations go to military personnel.

The Citadel is the largest donor of whole blood to the Charleston area chapter of the American Red Cross and is the largest donor of platelets in the South Carolina. Last year The Citadel family donated 1,899 units of blood.

“We are fortunate to have a lot of great blood drive sponsors in the Charleston area, but The Citadel has become our most supportive sponsor in the area,” said Patrick K. Lamontagne, blood donor recruitment supervisor with the American Red Cross. “It is always amazing to see the show of support from the cadets, faculty and staff on campus at every blood drive.”

In addition, The Citadel is Ft Gordon’s top college donor in support of deployed military personnel.

“We are excited about the competition with VMI because it will really get the Corps involved, and educate our future military leaders about the Armed Services Blood Program,” Capt. Warren Brown with the Armed Services Blood Program. “We have always been impressed with the dedication of the cadets at The Citadel, and I have no doubt they will win the challenge!”

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