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Abilene universities compete in blood drive

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ABILENE, Texas - The Meek Blood Center in Abilene told KTXS there is a critical need for blood in the Big Country, so two Abilene universities are answering the call with their crosstown showdown blood drive.

Students from McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University took the time this week to donate blood on campus.

"Each year in January, most blood centers do experience a blood shortage or a drop in donors, and this year was no different," said Frances Baker, a donor recruiter for Meek Blood Center.

The center's blood donation van was outside Hardin-Simmons University on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was at McMurry Thursday and will again be there until 4 p.m. Friday in front of the student center

"I just wanted to help others," said McMurry student Karleigh Alsip.

"It's a good feeling after you do it, knowing that you've done something for somebody else," said Hardin-Simmons student Seth Schuler.

"It's a good thing to help anybody else if you get the chance. It's something that brings a joy in science," said McMurry student David Newman.

The Meek Blood Center puts on this event almost every year.

"We love coming to our college campuses, our high school campuses," Baker said. "Just getting out and seeing young people get involved in something that is so vital to our community. We've got to have blood to keep the doors of the hospital open."

The Meek Blood Center hopes this competition will help ease the unusually high demand for blood. The school with the most donations will be announced at 3 p.m. during Saturday's basketball game at Hardin-Simmons University.

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