CORVALLIS, Ore. (April 25, 2019) — For more than 20 years, Oregon State University has hosted the largest American Red Cross drives in the Pacific Northwest. The Beavers will continue to be leaders in helping save lives by hosting the annual spring Red Cross blood drive Monday, May 6, through Friday, May 10.
This spring’s OSU blood drive comes during Trauma Awareness Month, and the Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. These donations are vital since someone needs blood every two seconds in the U.S.
Oregon State University Spring Blood Drive
Monday, May 6-Thursday, May 9
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Memorial Union Ballroom, 112 Memorial Union
Friday, May 10
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at First United Methodist Church – Community Center, 1165 NW Monroe Ave.
In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to patients of any blood type. Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.
In thanks, all those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross now through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
Blood donation appointments can be scheduled by using the sponsor code OSU through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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.