(Aug. 25) — Students, staff, alumni and fans of Weber State University and Utah State University will roll up their sleeves and donate blood for the annual blood battle between the two schools.
“The school with the most blood donations will have bragging rights for a full year,” said Tammy Nakamura, external communications manager for the Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region. “We truly appreciate the efforts and enthusiasm for the event that will hopefully generate many blood donations for the American Red Cross.”
WSU vs. USU Blood Battle
Weber State University
Monday, Aug. 29, to Thursday, Sept. 1
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Student Union, Ballroom A
2102 University Circle
Utah State University
Monday, Aug. 29, to Friday, Sept. 2
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
850 E. 700 N.
Download the Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: BLEEDPURPLE for Weber State or BLEEDBLUE for Utah State. All presenting donors will receive a blood battle T-shirt. Those who donate Aug. 29-31 also receive a $5 Amazon gift card claim code.
The blood battle comes at an important time for the Red Cross. An emergency call for blood and platelets is still in effect as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Eligible donors of all blood types are urged to give now to replenish the extremely low summer blood supply.
How to donate blood
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.