SAN DIEGO (Oct. 28, 2019) — For the third consecutive year, San Diego State University and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help hospital patients through the Aztecs for Life blood drive. The San Diego community is invited to join Aztecs at the state’s largest collegiate blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Viejas Arena. Blood collected at this drive will help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others have the blood products they need.
With the goal of collecting 400 pints of blood, multiple campus groups and associations have joined together to help organize the drive, recruit donors and volunteer time for the 10-hour blood drive. Associated Students, Student Housing, Cheer and Dance, Athletics, and SDSU Alumni are among the organizations participating.
“By donating their time and sharing their good health, the Aztec community continues to make a difference for hospital patients and their families,” said Steve Schnall, executive associate athletic director, San Diego State University. “Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to roll up a sleeve and help the Red Cross make sure blood is available for patients in need. We’re looking forward to another lifesaving event this year.”
The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Patients rely on volunteer donors as the only source of blood for those in need of lifesaving blood transfusions.
Aztecs for Life blood drive
San Diego State University - Viejas Arena
Tuesday, Nov. 19
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
5500 Canyon Crest Drive
Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device, and using sponsor code aztecs.
As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood will receive a T-shirt and other great give-aways*, while supplies last.
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% 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 San Diego State University
San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor's degrees in 96 areas, master's degrees in 80 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego transborder region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.
*Give-aways are not redeemable for cash.
Editor’s note: Free parking for media and blood donors will be available in Parking Lot 13 behind Viejas Arena the day of the blood drive.