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News Release
 
11/11/11

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Peru State Thursday, Nov. 17

 

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s (PSC) Office of Residence Life, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to participate.

 

Every day, patients across the nation rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. Nearly 5 million people need blood transfusions each year.

 

“Accident victims can require up to 100 pints of blood, but they aren’t the only people who rely on blood transfusions,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the local blood services region. “The blood you donate through the Red Cross can also help cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and many others.”

 

The blood supply is particularly vulnerable throughout the holiday season because donors are traveling, or visiting family and friends, and may forget to schedule a blood donation appointment. Since red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days, it is vital for eligible individuals to give blood regularly.

 

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.givebloodgivelife.org, call the American Red Cross 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or call the PSC Office of Residence Life at office at 402.872.2246. Donors can also sign up during lunch next 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.