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University Police and the Tri-County Blood Bank of San Luis Obispo joined forces to host a blood drive on the lawn in front of Mott Gym on Wednesday.

The countywide campaign, entitled “Helping Police Save Lives,” hoped to see enough donors in order to meet its target of accumulating 150 donations per day. This blood drive, in conjunction with the University Police Department, marks the first of many drives associated with a countywide blood drive. The drive will be sponsored by most county law enforcement groups in support of the communities they represent.

“We thought why not use this as an opportunity (at the university) to use countywide efforts and get the other law enforcement agencies in the county to help out.” said Donna Jordan, support service coordinator for the UPD.

UPD’s goal was to have at least 43 people give blood.

There were 20 students registered to give blood, and many others walked up to donate. All who donated were entered in a drawing to win a free lunch at the new Garden Grille Restaurant, compliments of Campus Dining.

“This is Cal Poly’s first blood drive of the year, but we do anticipate that a lot of groups will have their own blood drives. In the past, Cal Poly has been given recognition and an award for being one of the top “venues.” Student groups are really good at coordinating blood drives,” Jordan said.

In the coming month, the Tri-County Blood Bank is hosting two donation events.

The first on October 17 at the Atascadero State Hospital and the second on October 26 at the Public Service Safety Center in Paso Robles.

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