The American Red Cross is calling all Kansas State University Wildcats to roll up their sleeves and help save a life by donating during the annual fall blood drive scheduled Sept. 27 – Sept. 30.
Organizers hope to collect 600 pints of blood during the four-day drive. Giving blood is a simple way to put Kansas State’s spirit of service into action and help save lives.
Kansas State University Blood Drive:
Sept. 27 – Sept. 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, 2nd floor
Sept 27 – Sept. 29, from 1-7 p.m. at Putnam Hall Lobby
Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Student Union Ballroom
To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code kstate.
All who come out to donate will receive a coupon for a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse and will be entered to win a pair of tickets to watch a Kansas State University football practice.
Those who come out to give blood during the K State drive will also receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sports Clips Haircuts via email a few days after their donation as part of the “Giving Never Looked So Good” campaign. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
Also, as part of the K State selfie contest all those who send a photo from the K State blood drive to the @KSUBloodDrive twitter handle and @texasroadhouse twitter handle will be entered to win one of 20 free entrees from Texas Roadhouse.
Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.
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 (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.
Blood donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. 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.