We Challenge U Blood Drives on ASU Beebe and Searcy Campuses

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By admin | Category: Community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 16, 2014) — To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Arkansas State University Beebe is hosting American Red Cross We Challenge U blood drives on the Beebe and Searcy campuses. 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 Marci Manley, Red Cross spokesperson for the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer, and it helps patients in need.”

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 winter months.

We Challenge U blood drives:

Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ASU Beebe, 1000 Iowa, Beebe, Ark.

Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ASU Searcy Technology East Building, 1800 E. Moore St., Searcy, Ark.

January’s winter weather forced the Red Cross to cancel 320 blood drives in 25 states, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,300 donations. There is an urgent need for donors with blood types O negative and positive, A negative and B negative.

To make an appointment to donate on Jan. 24 on the Beebe campus, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter ASUBeebe in the sponsor code field on the donation appointment page.

To make an appointment to donate on Jan. 27 in Searcy or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter ASUSearcy in the sponsor code field on the donation appointment page.

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 redcrossblood.org 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), 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.