For the 15th consecutive year, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon alumni associations – in conjunction with the American Red Cross and Lane Blood Center – are sponsoring the Civil War Blood Drive.
This year’s event runs through Nov. 20 and is designed to unite students, faculty, alumni and fans with a shared goal to help save lives by giving blood. The Civil War Blood Drive is comprised of hundreds of drives throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington – including special weeklong blood drives held on each university’s campus. All blood donors can give a pint and support their school off the field before the rival teams face off at the University of Oregon versus Oregon State University Civil War football game Nov. 26. The university with the most votes at the conclusion of the campaign will win the coveted Civil War Blood Drive trophy, which will be awarded at the game.
Those who come out to give at participating Red Cross and Lane Blood Center blood drives will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Nov. 26 Civil War football game at OSU’s Reser Stadium in Corvallis.*
Oregon State University Blood Drives:
Nov. 14 to Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon State University Memorial Union Ballroom, 112 Memorial Union, Corvallis
Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis
University of Oregon Blood Drives:
Nov. 14 to Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Oregon Lillis Business Complex, 955 E 13th Ave., Eugene, and Erb Memorial Union, 1395 University St., Eugene
Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at the University of Oregon Lillis Business Complex, 955 E 13th Ave., Eugene
Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Oregon Erb Memorial Union, 1395 University St., Eugene
Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Oregon Erb Memorial Union, 1395 University St., Eugene
During its history, the Civil War Blood Drive has brought in nearly 98,000 blood and platelet donors. The teams are now tied with seven wins each after the University of Oregon’s win last year. Daily vote updates can be found on the event website.
The holidays can be a challenging time of year to collect blood. During the winter months and especially around the holidays, blood donations tend to decrease. Long holiday weekends, like Thanksgiving, pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. The Civil War Blood Drive helps to ensure blood products are available for patients in need during this time period. No matter what team they support, blood donors can help spread hope this holiday season by giving the perfect gift – the gift of life.
How to donate blood with the Red Cross
Blood donation appointments can be scheduled using the sponsor code OSU through the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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 donors can now save time at their next Red Cross 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.
About UO Alumni Association
The mission of the University of Oregon Alumni Association is to foster lifelong connections with alumni and friends of the University of Oregon. The UOAA was founded in 1879 and originally served five alumni. Today, the Association serves more than 226,000 alumni, including more than 21,000 members, creating opportunities to participate in the life and vitality of the UO community.
The Association also funds scholarships for incoming students and sponsors one of the largest endowed Presidential Scholarships on campus. The UOAA assists the university's legislative advocacy efforts through the Alumni Advocates, a group of alumni and friends committed to lobbying state legislators on behalf of the higher education and the University of Oregon. Visit the UOAA at the Ford Alumni Center, next to the Matthew Knight Arena. To find out more about how you can get involved, go to uoalumni.com.
About OSU Alumni Association
The Oregon State University Alumni Association is a member-based, nonprofit organization that promotes OSU and engages alumni. Its programs include the Oregon Stater magazine, scholarships, regional activities, faculty lecture series, travel opportunities, tailgate parties and more. It is located in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, which also serves as a conference center. To learn more, please visit OSUAA at osualum.com.
* One winner will be selected. Winner will receive two tickets to the 2016 Civil War game. Tickets are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.