Published by Kirby Winn on Monday, February 13, 2023 in News Releases

Student leaders at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) have joined forces to help save lives by organizing an on-campus blood drive on Mon., Feb. 13. The SNAP / Collegiate 100 blood drive with ImpactLife is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Mon., Feb. 13, in the Mississippi / Illinois Room of Morris University Center (1 Hairpin Dr., Edwardsville).

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SNAP President Kaelyn Cupil and Collegiate 100 member Ahmad Lathan are pictured at a tabling event held in early February to promote the blood drive.

Blood drives on college campuses are an important opportunity for ImpactLife to recruit new and younger donors, a key goal of the blood center’s ABO initiative on college campuses. In 2022, ImpactLife saw on average 100 fewer first-time donors every week than in previous years, continuing a trend that began with a sharp decline in the rate of first-time donors at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Outreach by student leaders is critical to returning the rate of blood donation by first-time donors to pre-pandemic levels,” said Amanda Hess, Vice President, Donor Relations and Marketing. “This is an important metric because donors who give for the first time not only help save lives today, but they represent the future of our region’s blood supply.”

About SNAP

The Student Nurse Achievement Program (SNAP) intends to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation opportunities within the SIUE School of Nursing. SNAP was designed to enhance the educational opportunities, and graduation success rates of culturally diverse students who are seeking a degree in nursing. The SNAP program provides students with the ability to interact with their peers who are diverse, but experience similar barriers and hardships. The program builds on the students’ self-esteem and self-perception, while building a social support system that continues beyond graduation.

About Collegiate 100

Collegiate 100 is an auxiliary program of the 100 Black Men of America ( The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis sponsors the SIUE Collegiate 100 Chapter. Collegiate 100 serves an important role of assimilating, developing, and mentoring African American males on the SIUE campus. The group’ mission is to provide life-changing programming, mentoring, and service in education, health and wellness, economic empowerment, and leadership development.  The organization also supports the 100 Black Men programs and efforts in the greater community.

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Prospective donors can find additional opportunities to give blood by calling ImpactLife at (800) 747-5401, scheduling online at, or via the ImpactLife mobile app ( To thank donors, ImpactLife will provide a voucher to redeem for the donor’s choice of an electronic gift card or a green “Changing the World” T-shirt from ImpactLife.

  • First-time Whole Blood donors: choice of $25 electronic gift card or Changing the World T-shirt
  • Returning Whole Blood donors: choice of $10 electronic gift card or Changing the World T-shirt
  • Automated donation procedures (platelets, plasma, double red cell): choice of $25 electronic gift card or Changing the World T-shirt

Additional program details at

About ImpactLife

ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services to more than 120 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. Services extend from southcentral Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa. (See a map of the ImpactLife service region.) ImpactLife operates 22 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed for patient transfusions at hospitals throughout our region.

For more information, see and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.


Update: 22 individuals registered to give blood in Monday's blood drive at SIUE. Thank you to SNAP and Collegiate 100 for a successful blood drive! See below for photos.

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Bryan Robinson, President of the SIUE Collegiate 100 Chapter with Breana, a first-time blood donor and member of SNAP (Student Nurse Achievement Program) 
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Kelley, a first-time blood donor at SIUE
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Kenyona, a public health major at SIUE after giving blood in the SNAP / Collegiate 100 blood drive

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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for ImpactLife. He enjoys working with media across the blood center's service region to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers who support our mission.

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