Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. We all have our own special reasons for donating blood. Some of us give blood because our friend asked us to. Others may know that a family member or friend may need blood one day. Some believe it is just the right thing to do. Whatever the reason, donated blood is always in high demand and your contribution is important. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
Human blood is divided into one of four main blood types (A, B, AB, and O). There is a significant need for AB Plasma. In addition to being the rarest blood type, AB Plasma is universal and can be used for all patients regardless of their blood type. Blood types are determined by the presence or absence of specific antigens on red blood cells; which are inherited. The constant supply from donors is the only source for this life saving gift. To understand more about blood types, you can visit The Blood Connection.
In partnership with the American Red Cross, the University Wellness Program hosts a Blood Drive at the RAC each semester. The University Wellness Program would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming Blood Drive on April 6th, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the RAC. There is no substitution for your donation, however you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped to positively impact someone’s life! If you are interested in volunteering or donating, sign up here! All volunteers can sign up for one-hour shifts and will gain experience working for a great cause.
What to expect during the actual donation process:
Step 1: Volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
Step 2: You will perform a mini-physical and answer some questions during a confidential interview about your health history and places you have traveled.
Step 3: The actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes. You will be seated comfortably and the process is safe and sterile. Red Cross staff and volunteers will be available if you have any questions.
Step 4: After donating, you will be provided snacks and something to drink. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities.
Come save a life! Be Well. Do Well.