AMES, Iowa (Oct. 1, 2019) —It’s time to bleed cardinal red and gold and join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives at the Iowa State University Blood Drive, Oct. 21-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union Great Hall, 2229 Lincoln Way, in Ames. All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
With the help of the ISU Blood Drive Committee, consisting of three executive directors, 70 committee members and over 200 student volunteers, the drive is expected to collect 1,856 lifesaving donations over the four days.
“The ISU Blood Drive Committee and their partners have done an incredible job coordinating this blood drive and it always helps ensure that we are providing the blood our hospitals and patients need,” said Judi Faas, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross Badger Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We’re asking all Cyclone fans and alumni to show their school spirit by giving the gift of life for patients in need.”
The Red Cross invites students, staff, faculty and the residents of Ames to rally around a lifesaving cause. If you are on or off campus, there’s no better way to celebrate the giving nature of the community than by helping the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply.
The need for blood is constant. On average, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. Blood donors of all types are needed.
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.