Put Kansas State's spirit of service into action - give blood

April 8, 2014

On average, the American Red Cross must collect about 17,000 pints of blood every day, and as much as 20 percent of those donations come from high school and college students. Patient needs simply couldn’t be met without students like those at Kansas  State University.

The Red Cross is asking KSU students, faculty and staff to make this semester a lifesaving one by giving blood at the April 15–18 blood drive. Organizers hope to collect 700 pints of blood during the four-day drive.

Kansas State University blood drive:

April 15 -17 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, 2nd floor, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

April 15-17 from 2:30-8 p.m. at Putnam Hall Lobby, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, 2nd floor, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and search sponsor code kstate or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767.) All those coming to donate will receive a coupon for an appetizer from Texas Road House. Drawings will also be held for meal coupons from Texas Roadhouse. The Kansas State Greek house with the most participation will win a catered meal from Texas Roadhouse, and the residence hall floor with the most participation wins a pizza party.

Giving blood is a simple way to put Kansas State’s spirit of service into action and help change lives. Blood collected at the KSU blood drive may be used for trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, mothers with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 Kansas), 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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.