Red Cross Club at Lourdes University to host blood drive

Posted Sep 29th, 2014 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Community Interest


On Thursday, October 16, the Red Cross Club of Lourdes University will host a blood drive in honor of fellow classmate and assistant baseball coach Tim Berta. The blood drive will take place in the Franciscan Center gymnasium from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lourdes’ Red Cross Club was established this fall by social work student and dual-sport athlete (cross country and softball) Megan Mosiniak. Megan was inspired to start the club after being part of the elite Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program, in which she was among 13 students chosen nationally.

Of the club’s decision to host their inaugural drive in honor of Tim Berta, who received blood products during treatment and recovery from traumatic injuries sustained during the 2007 Bluffton University bus crash, Megan shared, “We chose to host the drive in Tim’s honor because he is a living example of the good that can come from giving blood. We also hope that by highlighting one of our fellow classmates it will encourage more students to donate. Nearly 20 percent of the millions of donations made to the Red Cross annually come from high school and college blood drives – and we want to continue this effort and make it even more successful.”

Those wishing to give blood at Lourdes University are asked to make an appointment by calling 517-920-2070. Register online at using the code LOURDES. Donors must present a photo ID at appointment.

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. Today, the Red Cross provides approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, more than any other blood bank. As a national provider, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure hospital patients throughout the U.S. have blood when they need it. For more information visit

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal studies, nursing, organizational leadership, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Discover us online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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