May 11, 2010
The Red Cross Asks You to Be the One to Save a Life by Donating Blood
On Tuesday April 6, 2010 Universal Technical Institute (UTI) teamed up with the American Red Cross in Exton, Pa., to help save lives across the Penn-Jersey Region by hosting their annual blood drive.
UTI Staff and students showed their true colors in support of the American Red Cross by donating over 170 units of blood during the annual event, which could potentially save up to 519 lives throughout the region.
Since April 2009, the Universal Technical Institute has run five blood drives helping the American Red Cross to collect well over 1,000 units of blood and provide a second chance for an accident victim, a new beginning for a cancer patient, or a better tomorrow for a child with Sickle Cell Disease.
UTI’S efforts have also helped to encourage over 400 first time blood donors to come out and support the American Red Cross and their mission.
“We wanted to lend a helping hand to patients in need throughout our community and what better way to do that then by donating blood,” said Bethanie Emery of Universal Technical Institute and the American Red Cross Blood Drive Chairperson.
The American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region supplies blood to approximately 100 hospitals in New Jersey and five counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Blood drives are held seven days a week in communities across the region. To make an immediate appointment for an American Red Cross blood drive this week please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to find a listing of community blood drives.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA and NJ), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.