Until Goal: 799
Until Goal: 1161
Current Challenge Score: PSU-834 MSU-1153
Current Blood Battle Score: PSU-300 OSU-248
This November 4 - November 21 is our 20th annual PSU-MSU Blood Donor Challenge and Alpha Epsilon Delta Blood Cup! The PSU-MSU blood donor challenge is a friendly competition between Penn State and Michigan State to see who can collect the most blood during three weeks in November. We have won 13-6. The slogan for this year is "20 years of helping save lives!"
During the same time as the PSU-MSU Challenge, we have the AED Blood cup, which is a friendly competition within organization/clubs at Penn State. There are three categories: Large group (50+ members), small group (less than 50), and Greek orgs. Any successful donor can sign the blood cup book for their club or another club at the canteen. Winning groups get bragging rights and a Blood Cup Trophy!
Aside from the free pizza and free t-shirt given out to every presenting donor, we will also be giving away lion cash, certificates to local restaurants and stores, etc.
This year's generous sponsors for the 2013 Penn State - Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge include:
Please be sure to thank our generous sponsors for making the 2013 Penn State - Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge possible!
Every time that a person donates during the PSU-MSU Blood Donor Challenge, that individual has a chance to count their donation towards an organization of their choice. To see how your club is doing, check out the current point totals.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State and Michigan will face off on the donor beds in the 20th annual Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge. The Challenge begins November 4th and continues through November 21st.
This year is a celebration of "20 Years of Helping to Save Lives." Every year, blood inventories tend to decrease during the holiday season, while patient need remains constant. This competition helps maintain blood inventory levels during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
"Penn State's students, faculty and staff work hard inside and outside the classroom to make a better world. This friendly competition needs the support of the Penn State community to help save lives," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson.
Penn State won the Challenge by only nineteen pints last year. The win came down to an exceptional last day with donations totaling 339 units. Together, Penn State and Michigan State provided the Greater Alleghenies and the Great Lakes regions of the American Red Cross with 3,599 units of blood. With last year's win, Penn State takes the lead in the series 13-6. The Nittany Lions want to defend the title this year to keep the trophy at home.
"The PSU MSU Challenge exemplifies Penn State's long record of service. Supporting the Penn State Student Red Cross Club and the work they do on campus is a win for everyone, especially those who depend on lifesaving blood donated by strangers," Erickson said.
This competition is a chance for the two schools to show their pride by saving lives. While winning gives one school bragging rights for the upcoming year, the goal each year is for both schools to reach the 2,000 units (pints) mark for a grand total of 4,000 units of blood. Both schools missed this target last year. This year, Penn State's goal is to do more than beat Michigan State; the Nittany Lions are shooting for 2,000 donations.
The Blood Cup sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Delta, Penn State's premedical honors fraternity is another key to making 2,000 units of blood possible. The Blood Cup encourages student organizations to donate blood, pitting student organizations against each other. This competition within the Challenge gives organizations the chance to compete in three divisions: Small (fewer than 50 members), Large (50 or more members), or the Social Greek group. The group within each division that has the highest percentage of its membership successfully donating wins the traveling trophy for the year. Last year's Blood Cup winners were Alpha Phi sorority, Circle K and Springfield THON.
"The Challenge is an opportunity for Penn Staters to join together and donate blood for someone in need," said President Erickson, "Plus, we can sustain our winning tradition over Michigan State. I urge all those who are able to sign up today."
Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. This year to beat Michigan State, Penn State needs to continue its time honored tradition of helping others. This November give blood and join the more than 200 student organizations that will be involved in "20 Years of Helping to Save Lives."
Donors meeting eligibility requirements in the State College area are welcome to give blood during the Challenge. All blood drives on campus from November 4th through November 21st will be part of the Challenge. All donors will receive a 2013 Blood Donor Challenge T-Shirt, while supplies last. Each drive during the Challenge will feature pizza or other great food.
Making an appointment online is highly suggested at the Blood Drives tab. To volunteer at any blood drive, visit volunteeer.psu.edu/redcross.
Donors who are 18 years old or younger must meet specific height and weight requirements. In addition, those 16 years old must also have parental consent. All other potential donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Please call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276 or visit the Blood Drives tab with specific eligibility questions. All donors should bring their Red Cross donor cards or another form of identification to the blood drive.
(UNIVERSITY PARK, P.A.) - This April, the Penn State Student Red Cross Club challenges the Penn State community to donate blood in the fourth annual Fight for Life. Through Fight for Life, Penn State and Ohio State compete in a friendly battle to collect the most blood donations throughout April.
This is the fourth year of the Fight for Life and is on track to be the biggest yet. The Nittany Lions won by 155 units (pints) last year and by 70 units in 2012. This is the final special donor recruitment campaign of the semester and many students’ last opportunity to donate blood conveniently on campus.
This spring, the Red Cross is focused on increasing blood inventory levels depleted during the winter and boosting supplies before the summer vacation season. Severe winter weather across much of the country forced the cancellation of more than 1,500 American Red Cross blood drives, which resulted in more than 50,000 uncollected blood donations.
Similar to the Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge that takes place in the fall, the Student Red Cross Club hopes that Fight for Life will motivate students to give blood more frequently. Approximately five percent of the U.S. population donates blood in a given year, although about forty percent may meet the eligibility criteria to donate.
"This eligibility percentage certainly could be higher on a college campus. If just five percent of the Penn State population donated blood, about 2,500 units of blood would be collected. This would greatly exceed the goal for this competition of 1,000 units," commented Carolyn Kean, Community CEO, American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. She added that a donor may be able to donate every fifty-six days. That means during the school year, four donations may be scheduled, one every two months.
The multiple student groups sponsoring Fight for Life blood drives are responsible for publicizing the drive within and outside of their organization. They recruit donors throughout campus, as well as supply volunteers for their drive.
The blood collected during the Penn State vs Ohio State Fight for Life will help supply blood needed at hospitals in both the Greater Alleghenies and Central Ohio Regions of the American Red Cross. A unit of blood has a shelf life of only forty-two days so the supply must be continually replenished. Every two seconds someone needs blood in the U.S.
Pizza and other special food will be provided at all Fight for Life drives. Come to donate and all presenting donors will receive a FREE American Red Cross tumbler cup (while supplies last) and be entered for a chance to win a football autographed by Coach Franklin.
"We’re really excited to compete in the Fight for Life for the fourth year in a row against the Buckeyes!" said Student Red Cross Club President Nina Farrell. "We encourage everyone who is eligible to come donate at one of these drives to not only help beat OSU in some friendly competition, but to help save lives. As much as we would like bragging rights about beating OSU three years in a row, the main concern is that there is enough blood to supply those who need it."
In the 2013 competition, Penn State prevailed by collecting 1,003 units of blood to Ohio State’s 848 units of blood. As every blood donation has the potential to help save up to three lives, Penn State collected enough to support more than 3,000 people in need of blood last year. Combined with Ohio State’s efforts, it is easy to see how Fight for Life significantly impacts the two blood regions.
Blood donation appointments are strongly recommended and can be made at www.psuredcross.org. Once a drive is selected, the donor will be redirected to the American Red Cross scheduling system. Donors new to the donation scheduling system may join by choosing "New User," the donor will be able to log into his/her own profile and can easily make, change, and cancel donation appointments.
Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, may be eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. Those with specific eligibility questions should call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276. All presenting donors should bring their Red Cross donor cards or other forms of identification to the blood drive.
Starting December 11, select blood drives will be a part of the THON blood drive campaign. Donate blood during this campaign and for each donation, the American Red Cross will donate $4 to THON on behalf of an organization of your choice. Donate double red, and the Student Red Cross Club will donate another $4 to THON on behalf of your org, resulting in a $8 donation! Check out how your org is doing!
Also this year, orgs that have the most money donated to them on behalf of the American Red Cross in their division will win a floor pass for THON! Check out the current standings in the competition to win a floor pass!
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After severe winter weather forced the cancellation of over 1,500 blood drives in the last couple months, celebrate March - it is Red Cross Month! Blood donors of all types continued to be needed to restock blood inventories. Take this opportunity to be an everyday hero and help fulfill the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross. Your generosity helps provide life changing and often lifesaving services down the street, across the country and around the world. Donate blood and show your support during Red Cross Month because people like you make moments of hope possible.
To make an appointment to donate go to the blood drives tab.
SRCC will be hosting various special events in celebration of Red Cross Month. Be sure to check them out!
|Monday 3/24||Mass Compression Course||Chapter Services Office, Training Room, Suite 202||7-9 pm|
|Tuesday 3/24||Spaghetti Dinner||St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Foster & Fraser)||4-7 pm|
|Wednesday 3/26||Diaster Services Info Session||351 Willard||7-9 pm|
|Thursday 3/27||Comfort Kit Collection Table||First Floor Hub, Table #5||11 am - 3 pm|
|BDC Education Meeting||351 Willard||7-9 pm|
|Friday 3/28||Donor Appreciation Celebration||Noontime Lounge, HUB||3-7 pm|
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 500 American Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 16,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Overall, 26 states and Washington, D.C. have had blood drives canceled because of weather. The latest round of severe winter weather alone has forced the cancellation of more than 200 additional Red Cross blood drives. We do expect this number to go up this week due to the severe weather across the Southern states. In addition to the freezing temperatures and other inclement weather, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that influenza (flu) reached epidemic levels. Flu-like symptoms may also be preventing many regular blood and platelet donors from keeping their scheduled appointments. Because many donors self-defer from giving when they don’t feel well, it is difficult to track the true impact cold and flu season is having on the blood supply.
Here’s another way of looking at it... the Red Cross needs about 15,000 donors each day to meet the needs of hospital patients. During the month of January alone, more than 16,000 blood and platelet donations were uncollected due to severe weather. In other words, the number of cancellations throughout January is the equivalent to a situation like what would happen if the Red Cross had to shut its operations down across the nation for an entire day. Obviously that hasn’t happened, and the positive news is that because we have a national system, we are able to send blood from one location to another, wherever and whenever it is needed. So now that the snowstorms in the northeast have subsided for the time being, donations there may be sent to the south where collections will be minimal over the next day or so due to winter weather there.
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in and eligible donors with all blood types are needed to restock Red Cross shelves. While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued earlier this month, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative. Type O negative is called the universal blood type because it can be transfused to any patient who needs blood regardless of their own blood type. It is often used in emergency situations when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type, so donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to give regularly.
Below are the next three upcoming blood drives. Check out the Blood Drives tab for the entire list of upcoming blood drives!
|Wed 04/16||10 AM — 4 PM||Wagner Drill Deck*|
|Thu 04/17||9 AM — 2 PM||HUB, Heritage Hall|
|Fri 04/18||12 PM — 6 PM||Pollock Commons Lobby|
If you are a new member to the Student Red Cross Club, or are interesting in joining, and aren't quite sure about some things about the club, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!
Starting this semester, we're starting a House Cup! It's basically a friendly competition within the club where we split our members into three houses based on blood types. To get involved, register here! Check out current point totals! For more information about the House Cup, check out our Membership tab.
Would you like to see how much money your THON organization has raised just by donating blood? Check the most up-to-date totals here!
The purpose of the Penn State Student Red Cross Club is to coordinate student activities relating to the programs fostered by the American Red Cross. These activities include: blood services, safety and lifesaving introduction, health fairs, youth services and other projects agreed upon by the membership.
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