UW-Madison students, faculty, alumni can help save lives at We Challenge U blood drive
MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 31, 2014) — To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter, the American Red Cross, in conjunction with Badger Sports Properties, is holding the Bucky’s Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 5-6 at Ogg Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last.
Bucky’s Blood Drive
Feb. 5-6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ogg Hall, Lounge
835 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706
Sponsored by Badger Sports Properties
“Just an hour of your time could help save up to three lives,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “I challenge UW-Madison students to roll up their sleeves and give blood this week at Ogg Hall. Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer, and more importantly, it helps patients in need.”
College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The We Challenge U program encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting their peers to give blood.
Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a health-history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire process takes about an hour, but the actual blood draw is only 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided afterward.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.