Rose State College Blood Drive


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

 

Thirty volunteers are needed to give blood and help saves lives. The American Red Cross will be in the Wellness Center on Tuesday, November 27, from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm for the RSC Blood Drive. All donors will receive a scratch code-card with a unique pin to redeem online for a prize.

 

Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event, but it is recommended you make an appointment with Nickie Williams at 405-733-7330 or wellness@rose.edu to ensure all qualifications are met ahead of time. You can also sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org .

 

There are certain eligibility requirements that must be met before blood can be donated. You must be healthy, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. Additional requirements also apply to people with certain health conditions or people that have lived or traveled outside the U.S. to areas with diseases like malaria and Leishmanaisis.

 

On donation day be sure to drink plenty of water, wear comfortable clothing and have a healthy level of iron in your diet. Donors will also need to bring a list of current medications and a photo ID with their birthdate on it. Student IDs will not be accepted.

 

The blood most requested by hospitals is type O negative because it is the universal donor. While type O is needed the most, other types of blood are needed too. Don’t hesitate to donate just because you have types A or B. All blood donations are crucial.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and a pint of blood can save up to three lives. Approximately 40,000 blood donations are needed everyday, which makes blood drives vital in resupplying the nations blood banks. It only takes about an hour for the entire donation process and you could be saving the life of someone you know.

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