When you give blood to the American Red Cross, you save lives. Its that simple.

West Virginia Universitys Greek fraternities and sororities are collectively rolling up their sleeves for the cause from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16) in the Mountainlair ballrooms for their largest blood drive of the year.

Katie Tetera graduate assistant in Student Organization Services, the group that works with Greek organizations and the local Red Cross to organize the drivessaid its appropriate that this drive is happening during this particular week.

Along with activities surrounding theComing Homeinauguration events of President Mike Garrison, the drive also hits during WVU s Diversity and Homecoming Week.

Its all about community,Teter said.Were reaching out to the community of Morgantown and Monongalia County.

Its also a matter of pride and sisterhood.

I was in a sorority here, and it absolutely feels great to see the Greeks getting together and working together for a good cause,she said.

This drive is expected to net some 90 units of blood, which will make for a pretty amazing payoff, said Sherea Mercure, a blood services coordinator with the Red CrossMorgantown-based River Valley Regional Chapter. The chapter stages blood drives all across north-central West Virginia.

Ninety units can save up to 270 lives,she said.Thats your wife or husband, or your child or you.

To give blood, people must be in good health, be 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. For more information, visitwww.givelife.org.