April 18, 8:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429

Peru, Nebraska- Beginning in June of 2015, Peru State College has given 227 units of blood in Red Cross blood drives.  The Red Cross reports that the donations by students, faculty and staff could save up to 681 lives.  Twenty percent of all blood donations are made by college and high school students.

Five student groups have sponsored blood drives on campus.  The Leaders Save Lives students sponsored a drive on June 9, 2015 and raised 22 units despite summer vacation.  The Student Senate raised 49 units on September 10 and Residence Life raised 47 units on November 10.

This spring the Student Success Support group raised 64 units on February 9 and the campus Red Cross Club raised 45 units on April 5.  The groups were able to exceed or approximately meet goals at all five drives.

Chelsea Turek, president of the Peru State Red Cross Club, said, “It's wonderful to see Peru State College unite under the Red Cross. Blood donations are in need all the time and I'm proud our campus has come together to save 681 lives!”

The next blood drive on the Peru State campus will be June 14, 2016.

The American Red Cross released a statement on April 8 about the need for type O negative blood.  Volunteers with this blood type should visit to find an upcoming blood drive near their zip code.


For more information, visit or call 1-800-742-4412.

About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks" is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college's ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.