News | Published April 11, 2013

American Red Cross hopes to keep momentum pumping

Thanks to your generosity, the past two American Red Cross blood drives at Mount Nittany Medical Center have experienced record-high donations, averaging well above the goal of seventeen collections per drive.

“We have been so pleased to see the growth in the blood program at Mount Nittany Medical Center within the past six months,” said Laura Merritt, donor recruitment representative, American Red Cross. “We hope to keep the momentum going as we head into the summer, when donations tend to decline.”

While reasons for lower donations in the summer months vary, typically it is due to busier schedules (e.g., sports activities, graduations, vacations, etc.), most schools being out of session, and a lack of public awareness.

“People are often most compelled to give blood during the holidays, when the ‘spirit of giving’ peaks,” Merritt said. “However, when the holidays are over, they may forget that patients’ needs continue year-round. We hope our donors keep returning, and of course we always hope to attract new donors to the program.”

One way Merritt hopes to do that is by piloting a new time for the blood drives at the Medical Center, which were typically held during “standard” business hours. “We will pilot the new time for the May blood drive at the Medical Center. By extending the drive into early evening hours, we hope to better accommodate others’ schedules,” said Merritt.

The next blood drive at Mount Nittany Medical Center will take place Monday, May 6, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3 on the ground floor of the Medical Center. To make an appointment, please call 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767). You can also visit and click “make a blood donation appointment.”