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University hosts spring semester blood drive

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host its annual spring semester blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. This blood drive is sponsored by the UMPI Residence Life Office, the Brothers of Kappa Delta Phi and the Sisters of Kappa Delta Phi NAS. 

The blood drive is scheduled from noon until 6 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Multi Purpose Room. Door prizes will be given away during the event. If donors wish to reserve a time, they should call 768-9585 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can sign up at the new online appointment scheduler at

“A hero is a person who is willing to give up something to save a life,” Jim Stepp, Director of Residence Life, said. “There are many examples of heroic behavior, some of which can prove to be quite difficult; other heroic acts can be as simple as rolling up your sleeves.”

Stepp said the American Red Cross needs to collect 1,400 pints of blood each working day to meet the needs of people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The University regularly holds two blood drives per year, and has records of blood drives dating back to 1987. Since that time, the University has collected over 2,663 pints of blood. Stepp said the University hopes to collect 80 pints of blood during this drive.

For more information, contact Stepp at 768-9560 or email