Wichita State Blood Drive - March 1-2

February 26, 2010
News Release
Media Contact: Jennifer L. Keller - Tel: (316) 268-0853 Cell: (316) 558-2428
Email: kellerje@usa.redcross.org / Twitter: @RedCrossBloodKS
Website: www.redcrossblood.org                                                                               
Wichita State Blood Drive
March 1-2
Do you bleed black and gold?
Wichita, Kan.—February 23, 2010—The Heskett Center at Wichita State University is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross March 1 and 2. The blood drive will be held in the Heskett Center Lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Students are able to sign up prior to the drive on the Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling (316) 268-0835. People can also walk-in anytime during the drive. The whole process from start to finish takes about an hour. Each donor who tries to donate will receive a T-shirt.
Wichita State sponsors two blood drives each school year and one during the summer. Each drive typically collects between 100 to 120 units of blood. The Red Cross needs about 500 units of blood each day to supply 103 hospitals in Kansas and Oklahoma.
“We enjoy partnering with Wichita State,” said Teresa Fraley, Donor Resources Development Representative. “It’s great to see community involvement, especially at the college level.”
Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping the body healthy. The process of testing and processing each blood donation takes 48 hours.    If you wait until someone you know needs blood, it may be too late.
Those planning to donate blood should bring a photo i.d. with them to the drive. Donors should be feeling well the day of the drive and be well hydrated.
To find out more about donor eligibility call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to www.redcrossblood.org.


How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.