In conjunction with West Virginia Universitys Service Learning Day, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The event is sponsored by the WVU Office of Service Learning as part of Service Learning Day.

An emergency appeal for blood donors continues as blood inventories remain critically low, American Red Cross officials said.

According to Suzan Clemens, donor resource field representative with the American Red Cross, the Allegheny Region has a two-day blood supply, but needs to increase it to at least a five-day supply.

Clemens hopes to have a good turn out at this weeks event.

“WVU has just been wonderful this year,”said Clemens.”Weve had a great response from the University community and more people have turned out for blood drives this year than ever before.”

The last blood drive, sponsored by WVU s Staff Council, yielded 52 units of blood, 22 units about the goalthe best performing blood drive in the region for that day.

Stephanie Moore, from the Office of Service Learning Programs, believes a blood drive is a good way to provide a service to the community.

“Giving blood is an important part of giving back to the community,”Moore said.”Its just one way to show WVU students what they can do to help out.”

Other community partners taking part in Service Learning Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Mountainlair Commons are: Bartlett House, In Touch and Concerned, Inc., Mon Valley Green Space Coalition, PACE , The Shack Neighborhood House, Inc., UnitedWayVolunteerActionCenter, Womens Career Clothing Closet, Project Linus and Collegiate 4-H.

The next WVU blood drive, sponsored by the WVU Red Cross Club, occurs on Sept. 17 from 1 p.m. �€7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms

To give blood, individuals need to be 17 years of age, 105 pounds and in good health. Normally, individuals can give blood every 56 days.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative.

For more information, call Clemens at 598-0732.