Area college and university students, faculty and alumni can help save lives at American Red Cross We Challenge "U" blood drives

January 7, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, 27 area colleges and universities are hosting American Red Cross We Challenge “U” Blood Drives on between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2013. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge “U” T-shirt, while supplies last.

Participating schools include:

  • Alexandria Technical College
  • Bethany College
  • Carleton College
  • Central Lakes College Brainerd
  • Central Lakes College Staples
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • College of St. Benedict
  • Concordia University
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Globe University
  • Hamline University
  • Inver Hills Community college
  • Martin Luther College
  • Minnesota Community & Technical College
  • Minnesota School of Business
  • Minnesota State College SE Tech College
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Pine Technical College
  • South Central College
  • St. Cloud State University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • St. Olaf College
  • St. Paul College
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • Unversity of Minnesota St. Paul/Mpls.
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin Stout
  • Winona State University
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

“We thank these schools for accepting the challenge from the Red Cross,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. “Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer and it helps patients in need.”

To make an appointment to donate or for more information, students, faculty, staff and alumni may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

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.

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