CARBONDALE, IL. — The American Red Cross and SIU-Carbondale will host the seventh annual SIU Homecoming Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 250 pints of blood.
There will be three locations on campus for students, alumni, faculty and visitors to donate during the drive:
- The Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive
- Grinnell Hall, East Campus
- Lentz Hall, West Campus
Everyone who presents to donate blood will receive a specially designed SIU Homecoming Blood Drive T-shirt, while supplies last. In addition, the fraternities and sororities will be competing for a SIU Homecoming Blood Drive trophy. They can earn points by attempting to donate, recruiting other people to donate on their fraternity/sorority’s behalf and volunteering at the drive.
“The Red Cross is excited to once again team up with Southern Illinois University for the annual SIU Homecoming Blood Drive”, said Todd Wagner, Director of Donor Recruitment, Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the blood donors at the university, and are looking forward to another successful event.”
Blood collected at the SIU Homecoming Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood supplies are still low following the summer months, and all blood types are needed. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. Donors can schedule an appointment to give by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org. Sponsor code: SIUCHOMECOMING
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.