Arkansas State University to host American Red Cross We Challenge “U” blood drive

February 20, 2013

Jonesboro, Ark. February 19, 2013— To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Arkansas State University is hosting an American Red Cross We Challenge “U” Blood Drive on February 26-27, 2013. Hours are from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. in the student union, Spring River Room. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge “U” T-shirt, while supplies last.

 “An hour of your time could help save up to three lives,” said Bob Draper, Red Cross donor recruitment representative. “Please roll up a sleeve and give blood at this upcoming drive. Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer and it helps patients in need.”

To make an appointment to donate or for more information, ASU students, faculty, staff and alumni may call the Leadership Center at 870-972-2055. 

College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The We Challenge “U” program encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during difficult winter months.

Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health history screening, and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes.  Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

“We accept the challenge from the Red Cross, and are counting on Arkansas State University students and faculty to donate blood and help save lives,” added Makala Bell, ASU volunteer blood drive chair.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 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.

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 or join our blog at


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