Jenks, Union and the Red Cross partnering again for

June 29, 2011

Since 2007 the American Red Cross has partnered with the Athletic Departments of Union and Jenks High Schools to help with summer’s difficult blood collection.  This year is no different from past years in that the campaign comes at a time when the Red Cross needs help promoting summer blood collection. The Red Cross has recently issued an appeal for O neg blood with levels of that important blood type dropping to critical levels.


 As in years past, once again this year, the effort will last right up to the big game on September 9.


The Jenks/Union “Save a Life Summer” kicks off on Thursday, June 30th at the Red Cross Southside blood center at 7158 S. Memorial.  Once again this year Union Head Football Coach, Kirk Fridrich and Athletic Director Chuck Perry and Jenks Head Football Coach, Alan Trimble and Athletic Director Tony Dillingham will be the first donors.


“We’re happy to be working with the Red Cross on our annual summertime campaign. As we said before Union and Jenks compete on so many levels,” said Union High School Athletic Director, Chuck Perry. “Both schools like having this opportunity to work together for our community.”


Jenks High School Athletic Director, Tony Dillingham adds, “The schools both agree that we are pleased to add saving a life to the things that come to mind when you mention the Jenks/Union rivalry. We invite supporters of both schools and high school athletics in general to donate as part of Save a Life Summer.”


Everyone who presents to donate at a “Save a Life Summer” drive will be automatically entered to win $500.00 in Visa Check cards from TTCU, THE CREDIT UNION. A lucky Union fan will win a $250.00 Visa Check card and another $250.00 Visa Check card will go to a lucky Jenks fan as well. Two more lucky fans, one from Jenks and one from Union will win an Extreme Trip to the Jenks/Union game on September 12th.  The Extreme Trip includes four reserved seats on each side, dinner for each group at McAlister’s before the game and a VIP limo ride to the game.


“Everyone knows that summer is the traditionally the most difficult time for the Red Cross to collect blood,” said Steve Nagle, CEO, Southwest Region, Oklahoma.  “You don’t have to be a fan of either Jenks or Union to help us keep our community’s blood supply strong this summer. Thanks again to the administrations, athletic departments, students, fans and supporters of both these schools. This program has become the backbone of our summer time collection efforts.”


How to Donate Blood:

 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 16 years old (16 year olds  nrrf parental consent form.) New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit 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.