UPDATE: The blood drive has been cancelled by the Indiana Blood Drive due to inventory issues, according to Hunter Sully, Graduate Assistant for The Center of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Blood banks across the state are suffering from shortages because of the harsh winter weather. Indiana saw hundreds of drive cancellations that caused donations to sharply fall.
The American Red Cross says that February was a slow month for blood donations nationally, leaving them about 26,000 donations short.
Ball State hosts several blood drives every semester. However next week on March 17, it will be taking part in a blood drive with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA is holding the fourth annual national “Muslims for Life” campaign that honors 9/11 victims. Their goal is to collect 13,000 pints of blood to help save 39,000 lives. This is the second year they’ve hosted a drive on Ball State’s campus.
Muzaffar Ahmad, treasurer and spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Indiana chapter, explains they the also help to reverse fears and doubts associated with Muslims.
“We want to spread the true message,” Ahmad said. “Islam values the sanctity of life.”
Ahmad believes that collecting blood to help save American lives may help to admonish stereotypes against Middle Eastern religions.
The drive will be help Tuesday, March 17, from noon to four p.m.