UNL Campus Red Cross Club hosts annual spring blood drive
LINCOLN, Neb. – This spring, students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can help save lives in about the time it takes to attend a class. Students, faculty and staff are invited to roll up their sleeves and give blood to help patients in need this April during the annual UNL Spring Blood Drive.
“Every two seconds someone in America needs blood,” said Becky Volkmer, Campus Red Cross Club student blood drive coordinator. “That person could be your classmate, professor or roommate. That someone could even be you. It takes students like us getting involved and donating blood to make sure that blood is available when hospital patients need it.”
Donating blood is an easy process that takes about an hour and can potentially help save three lives. It’s not every day you get the chance to help save lives in between American History and Statistics!
It is important that student donors prepare to donate blood by eating a balanced and nutritious meal and drinking extra, non-caffeinated beverages prior to their appointments. Students are also encouraged to eat iron-rich foods like red meat, green vegetables and peanut butter in the days and weeks before their donation.
A blood donor card, driver’s license or student ID is required at blood donation check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission 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 may also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.