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Western Kentucky University teams up with American Red Cross to help save lives

Tennessee Valley

March 16, 2015
 

Western Kentucky University teams up with American Red Cross to help save lives

Annual WKU Greek Week blood drives could help save more than a thousand lives

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2015) —The Bowling Green community and students at Western Kentucky State University (WKU) are teaming up with the Red Cross for the annual WKU Greek Week blood drives that begin with a kick-off drive on March 23 and continue April 20 through April 22. Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and give the gift of life.

 

The Red Cross and WKU hope to collect more than 1,300 blood donations over this four-day blood drive, which comes at a time when the Red Cross is in need of all blood types. Severe winter weather forced the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region to cancel more than 115 blood drives, causing more than 3,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

 

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

 

Blood donated at the WKU Greek Week blood drives could help many patients in need, including accident victims, premature infants, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

 

“The Red Cross is thankful for the dedicated volunteers at Western Kentucky State University and the Greek organizations on campus that help make this drive a success each year,” Ryerson said.

 

Blood donations have a shelf life of only 42 days and the supply must constantly be replenished. There is no substitute.

 

Presenting donors will receive a special WKU Greek Week T-shirt, while supplies last. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or CLICK HERE and enter the sponsor code: WKU.

 

To join the online conversation about this event, please use #WKUGW2015

 

Upcoming WKU Greek Week blood donation opportunities:

March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. TUG blood drive on campus at Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center, Regents Avenue, Bowling Green, Kentucky

April 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center, Regents Avenue, Bowling Green, Kentucky

April 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center, Regents Avenue, Bowling Green, Kentucky

April 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center, Regents Avenue, Bowling Green, Kentucky

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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