Peru State College to Host Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, April 14 in Celebration of National Donate Life Month
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s (PSC) American Red Cross Club and Student Senate will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in celebration of National Donate Life Month. Students, faculty, staff and the public are encouraged to participate.
Rhonda Hall, a member of Donate Life Nebraska, will be at the PSC Student Center throughout the day to share her story as a transplant recipient and discuss the importance of blood and organ donation.
Donate Life Nebraska is the local affiliate of the national Donate Life America, a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions across the United States that have joined forces to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life Nebraska’s mission is to develop, fund and provide public education to inspire Nebraskans to sign up on the Nebraska Donor Registry. The organization directs 100 percent of donation and membership dollars to accomplish its mission and is operated exclusively by volunteers.
Donate Life Nebraska’s member organizations include Alegent Health, Children’s Hospital, Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska, Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Nebraska Kidney Association, New Hearts Transplant Support Group and the Nebraska Medical Center, a sponsoring partner.
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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where states permit, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
For additional information or to make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org (code 252). Donors can also sign up during lunch this week in the entry of the Student Center. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.