Rival schools team up to save lives in the Mitten Match up

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State and University of Michigan are partnering to help save lives during a mutual blood drive.

Their goal is to collect over 2,000 pints of blood during Michigan's critical winter months.

This competition started in 2003 when students, staff and alumni at MSU and U of M began the "Face-Off Blood Challenge." For the last two years, the competition has turned into a partnership called the "Mitten Match up."

"Instead of competing to see which university can collect the most blood, the Mitten Match up is a collaborative effort to help keep the blood supply strong," said Todd Kulman, External Communications Manager with the Great Lakes and Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Regions. "Over the past 15 years, nearly 30,000 pints of blood have been collected during the six-week event."

According to Kulman, the winter storms this year have forced many scheduled blood drives to cancel so thousands of blood and platelet donations went uncollected.

The Mitten Match up runs from Monday, January 15 through February 28. This will take place at various locations on the campus of MSU.

1/15 College of Nursing 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1/16 International Center 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everyone who donates will receive a commemorative "Mitten Match up" T-shirt, while supplies last.