Jenks, Union and the Red Cross partnering again for “Save A Life Summer”

July 19, 2010

For the third year in a row the American Red Cross announces a partnership between the Athletic Departments of Union and Jenks High Schools to collect 1,000 units of blood this summer. The campaign called “Save a Life Summer” kicked off on June 30th at the American Red Cross Southside location with Union Head Football Coach, Kirk Fridrich and Athletic Director Chuck Perry and Jenks Head Football Coach, Alan Trimble and Athletic Director Tony Dillingham donating. They were joined by other Athletic Department Coaches and Administrators, players and fans from both schools.

“Save a Life Summer” blood donations can be made at the Red Cross Southside location, 71st and Memorial right up until the big game on September 10th. Call 1-800-Red Cross to make an appointment and for more information.

“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.”

Everyone who presents to donate as part of the “Save a Life Summer” campaign 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. Two more lucky fans, one from Jenks and one from Union will win an Extreme Trip to the Jenks/Union game.  The Extreme Trip includes four reserved seats on each side, dinner for each group at McAlester’s before the game and a VIP limo ride to the game.

“Summer is 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 17 years old (16 hear olds may donate in Oklahoma with parental consent after November 1, 2010.)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.