CACTUS Blood Drive Sets Records

September 22, 2001

Michelle Walton, <i>Hullabaloo</i> contributing writer
Phone: (504) 865-5210

Across the nation, donors rushed to blood centers to give the gift of life. The Red Cross has held emergency blood drives for Congress, airline crews and others who wish to help. The drive on Capitol Hill collected 594 units of blood from members of the Senate, the House and their staffs last Thursday and Friday.

With only three phone calls, more than 50 flight attendants and airline crew gathered just outside Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Va., to donate blood, according to The American Red Cross. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., the Red Cross sent 32,000 units of blood to the Baltimore and Philadelphia centers, the closest centers to New York City and Washington, D.C., by last Tuesday night.

By Thursday morning, 3,200 blood donations had been moved to the Baltimore and Philadelphia centers. Locally, the CACTUS Blood Drive, scheduled well in advance of last weeks events, surpassed anticipated participation. With extended hours and the Tulane community's willingness to help the victims, the drive collected over 400 units of blood, well beyond the goal of 320 for the week.

Andrew Greenwalt, chair of the CACTUS-sponsored blood drive, said, "The response of the Tulane community has been phenomenal; our previous records will be easily obliterated by this month's drive."

In addition to the blood drive, monetary contributions of over $2,000 were collected on behalf of the American Red Cross. Greenwalt noted that blood is still needed for the victims of the terrorist attacks. "The urgency is still high, as blood banks have sent their stocks up to the northeast and need to replenish that stock. However, the need for blood will continue even after all the victims have begun to heal," he said.

Blood type O-negative, known as the "universal donor" blood type, is in high demand. Those who would like to help will have the opportunity to join the Engineering Student Council's fundraiser for the Red Cross today in the lobby of the Boggs Center for Engineering and Biotechnology. They will be selling ribbons and piecing together an American flag.

CACTUS is continuing its fundraiser for the Red Cross this week in the University Center, mainly for faculty and staff. To find out how to help on a national level, visit or call the Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana, (504) 524-1322.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000