The sororities were also well represented by volunteers at the check-in desks and Donor Café. Kappa Alpha Theta sisters Meg Scott and Sarah Armstrong earned service hours as they handed out cookies and juice to donors.
“We’re scared of needles so we’d rather volunteer,” said Armstrong.
Theta Chi volunteers Frank Higgins, James Grisanti and Matthew Wheatley also helped out as volunteers, and gave moral support to Mary Mamone, a Phi Beta Phi from Cleveland as she prepared to make her first lifetime donation.
“I feel great,” said Mamone.
Even though he was outnumbered by the sororities, Delta Tau Delta fraternity member Alexander Grace deserved extra credit for showing up to donate. He started the school year by tearing ligaments in his ankle on Labor Day and has been getting around campus with one knee on a “scooter.”
“I call him ‘Scooter Boy,’” said fraternity brother Carlos Pozuelo.
But Grace wasn’t going to let the injury prevent him from donating.
“I had no qualms about it,” he said. “It wasn’t too bad. It’s a good way to give back. I wasn’t able to give blood when I was in high school because I was playing sports all the time.”
Jack Vitou, a Theta Chi from Cleveland, made his third lifetime donation Tuesday to help save lives, and to support his fraternity during Greek Week.
“It’s a good cause and a competitive edge to a good cause,” he said.
All supporters are part of the MU legacy. CBC held its first college campus blood drives at Miami in 1978. By 2001 MU was hosting 12 blood drives a year. Last year there were 18 blood drives on campus supported by more than 1,800 donors. The Greek Week Blood Drive became a two-day blood drive in 2007 and continues to be CBC’s biggest blood drive of the year.