OXFORD, Ohio – Greeks at Miami University are spreading the word that “Greek Week is Coming at You Live” Sept. 23-29. Again for the 40th year, the heart of the celebration will be a chance to save lives at the Sept. 25-26 Greek Week Blood Drive.
The 40th annual Greek Week Blood Drive is Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the first time the blood drive will take place in the Armstrong Student Center Donald W. Fritz Pavilion at 550 East Spring St., Oxford.
The inspirational “Be The Good” stoneware coffee mug is a gift to everyone who registers to donate. Schedule an appointment with Community Blood Center online at http://www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE and use sponsor code 274.
Greek life at Miami dates backs to 1833, earning it the nickname “Mother of Fraternities.” The Greeks made Miami the birthplace of CBC college blood drives with the first Greek Week Blood Drive in 1978.
By 2001 Miami had expanded to 12 blood drives a year, an achievement that earned national recognition from America’s Blood Centers. It became a two-day blood drive in 2007 and is still the largest in the region, and CBC’s longest-standing blood drive partner.
“I am never surprised but always impressed to learn of our students’ service to others,” said Miami President Gregory Crawford. “This 40th anniversary of Greek Week being the largest annual blood drive for the Community Blood Center marks a little-known tradition for Miami – one with life-saving implications. I encourage those who haven’t yet tried donating to also ‘roll up their sleeves’ for this great cause, remembering that every pint one gives helps save the lives of one-to-three people.”
In the 2017-2018 academic year Miami hosted eight student-sponsored blood drives, six Faculty and Staff sponsored blood drives, and the two-day Greek Week Blood Drive – a total of 16 days dedicated to helping save lives. They totaled 1,273 donors, including 454 first-time donors and 957 units of blood donated.
Greek Week combines community service and competition, with fraternities and sororities able to win points toward the overall Greek Week title by recruiting donors for the blood drive. But it is primarily a campus-wide celebration with the blood drive open to all students, faculty and staff.
“Many Miami students have donated in high school, but last year 119 Greek Week donors were donating for the first time,” said CBC Account Representative Sandy Baur. “Many will continue to donate throughout their lives. Miami Greeks have helped establish a rich history of community service, helping others, and saving thousands of lives.”