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It's a Match as MCCC and Fulton Bank Team Up for Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive

2/13/18


From left are Fulton Bank's Savita Lachman, Vice President/Group Manager, and Sean Murray, Senior Vice President/Commercial Market Executive, and MCCC's Ed Grazda, Vice President for College Advancement, John Simone, Assistant Dean of Student Development/Director of Athletics, and Widmarc Dalce, Coordinator of Student Services/Men’s Soccer Coach.

The American Red Cross staff prepares a meetin groom in the Student Center for blood donor collection.

West Windsor, N.J. – Once again, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and Fulton Bank have teamed up to make a healthy difference in the community. On Jan. 31, they co-sponsored their sixth annual Blood Drive with the American Red Cross (ARC), which was held at the college’s West Windsor Campus.

According to Carol M. Field, of the ARC's Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region office, 41 individuals registered for the drive. By day’s end, Red Cross technicians had collected 32 productive units, including three double red cell procedures, which yield two units of red blood cells, the most frequently used blood component needed by almost every type of transfusion patient.

Donors ranged from MCCC and Fulton Bank staffers, to Mercer students and community members.

Field extended her gratitude on behalf of the ARC. “We are so appreciative to all those who helped out, and to all the generous donors who gave blood during this critical timeframe.”

MCCC and Fulton Bank have committed to this joint initiative since 2013. “Fulton Bank of New Jersey is proud to partner with MCCC in this annual blood drive,” said Sean Murray, Fulton Bank's Senior Vice President/Commercial Market Executive. “We are thankful to be a part of this vital effort that helps save lives in our community.”

MCCC Vice President for College Advancement Ed Gwazda also reflected on the value of giving back to the community through this partnership.

“We are happy to turn one of our rooms into a donation center for a day. It’s a meaningful way for Mercer and Fulton Bank to make a real difference. It also sets a great example for our students – those majoring in the health professions who typically donate, as well as other students who are just beginning to make giving blood a part of their lives,” Gwazda said.

According to the ARC, blood donations are especially critical this year, after severe winter weather in January caused the cancellation of numerous blood drives, resulting in a drop in donations by the thousands. The severity of the flu season has also impacted the numbers, as many would-be donors have stayed home. 

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