This year, Penn State SRCC and MudLOVE are teaming up for a good cause. At the end of February in the HUB, members of the Student Red Cross Club will be selling inspirational bracelets to benefit both the club as well as the organization, which provides clean water for someone in need. MudLOVE is dedicated to providing clean water and security to those in need all across the globe in the Central African Republic, and can provide these services for up to one week per bracelet purchase. The MudLOVE website states that, “Right now, about 663 million people lack access to clean water. That’s more than twice the entire population of the United States! Water is the first step out of extreme poverty. It is estimated that women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water. A week of safe, sanitary water changes things in a big way for entire communities. Women have time for jobs and family care. Children can attend school, avoid preventable diseases, and live longer, happier lives.” So, by purchasing these bracelets in the HUB next week, you can help both those in your community through the Red Cross Club as well as people across the globe to survive another day. We would love to see you then!
February is American Heart Month and there is no better way to celebrate it than with the Penn State Red Cross Club! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes this month and the need for knowledge about heart disease, prevention, and treatment. Heart disease is the leading killer of American men and women, so odds are most people know someone who has died from this disease. One of the necessities for the treatment of heart disease is blood for the various surgeries that may be vital to save lives. So, what can you do to help? One thing that you can do is donate blood at a local blood drive organized by the Red Cross, or volunteer to help those who are donating their blood at one of the blood dives in and around campus. Also, staying healthy is important as well for the prevention of heart disease; so make sure that you sign up for the inaugural Run for Red 5k on Saturday, March 25th to help support the club and to maintain a healthy lifestyle! We look forward to seeing you there!
For the second time, the Penn State Student Red Cross Club will be hosting it’s Pancake Dinner fundraiser. This is one of the important events every year for the club because the funds earned here go directly to the club and allow us to keep doing the work that we are currently doing. It also allows us in the club to get to know members of our community and get to treat them to a nice pancake dinner. We invite you to bring friends and enjoy all you can eat pancakes with unlimited toppings and to get to know the members of the club, who will be cooking the pancakes and working the event. The event will be held on Monday March 27th from 5:30-8:00 at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church. Tickets to the event will be sold in advance for $5 from the SRCC office, located in 221C HUB. Tickets will also be sold for $6 at the door. We hope to see many of you there!
Welcome back to Penn State and State College for the Spring Semester from the Student Red Cross Club! We have a lot in store for this semester and we hope to see many of you in meetings and blood drives over the course of the semester and beyond. Some of the events we have planned for this semester are: our first general meeting on Tuesday, the 17th to meet new members along with seeing friends again. The club will also be participating in THON with the Heck and Angus Families, our THON Family. Lastly, we will be participating in the THON 5k, and will have a team running in the race. Stay tuned for more updates on all of the wonderful events that we will hold this year! Of course you can always find us around State College and campus several times per week at our blood drives, which are a wonderful opportunity to help others in the community either by volunteering or donating blood. Appointments to give blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Again, welcome back from everyone in the Red Cross Club. We wish you a happy and fulfilling Spring Semester and hope to see you around!
The Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Drive Challenge has reached it’s third week! Right now, after taking a commanding 336-184 lead, Penn State’s lead has begun to shrink just a bit, as of Monday with Penn State leading 493-395. Keep up the great work donating and volunteering to give blood. We all have to give it our all for this last push to win the contest! If you or anyone that you know can or will give blood, please try to get them to donate over the next few weeks to help our total so we can take home our third consecutive win over MSU! Thank you to our sponsors for helping us to help others in our community and around the country. Also, giving blood is a great way to commemorate Veteran’s day, which just passed, to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. Appointments to give blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross offers a program called the Hero-Care Network. It is a program dedicated to connecting service members, veterans and their families to the assistance that they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year through the website or by phone. This program is made available so that if an emergency were to arise, they could look on the app, website, or call to receive immediate assistance deciding the right place to visit to receive help with this emergency.
In other news, after the first week of the PSU-MSU Blood Drive Challenge, Penn State leads 171 to 81 units over Michigan State. Keep up the great work! There will be drives all week in Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on Monday, Hintz Alumni Center on Tuesday, Millennium Science Complex on Wednesday, Waring Commons on Thursday, and Innovation Park on Friday. Please consider donating to help patients around the country as well as your school! Appointments to give blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
November marks the beginning of the Penn State-Michigan State Blood Drive challenge! The challenge runs from the 31st of October to the 17th of November on both the Penn State and Michigan State campuses.
The challenge is a competition between the Penn State and Michigan State communities to see who can collect more blood over the time period through their blood drives. The best part about this competition is that it is all done in the spirit of helping others who may need it throughout the country.
The respective Student Red Cross Clubs have run this challenge since 1994, with the most recent victory in collection numbers going to Penn State in a come-from-behind victory. Anyone in the Penn State and State College community is welcome to come in, give blood and help contribute to a good cause as well as helping Penn State beat Michigan State! Donors will also receive a free Challenge themed t-shirt with their donation that is helping to save up to three lives.
Appointments to give blood can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
October has been a great month to be a member of SRCC! The club held it’s first community event and we are going on an exciting canning trip this weekend.
This month was the first SRCC Pancake dinner, where members of the club cooked pancakes and other breakfast items for members of the Penn State and State College Areas to fundraise for the club. The dinner was the first of several community events that the club will be holding in and around the Penn State area.
On the weekend of the 28th, the club will be making our second canning trip of the year, this time to New York for a fun and exciting time collecting funds for THON! This is exciting for the club because it will be our first time canning outside of the state of Pennsylvania, so we wish the members of our club, who will be going on the trip, a fun and successful weekend!
Next month is the SRCC’s Penn State vs. Michigan State Challenge, so keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to donate and volunteer with us to help us win back-to-back against the Michigan State’s Red Cross Club!
Once a month, we celebrate those members of our club who take part in our On-Site Coordinator Program by getting to know them and what motivates them. This month, we meet David Lee, the SRCC’s Club Sports Chair and an exemplary OSC. David contacts club sports teams and coordinates with them to sponsor and attend blood drives and other SRCC functions. Thank you David for helping all of our donors and volunteers!
Why did you join the Student Red Cross Club here at Penn State?
I was looking for opportunities to do community service, and a friend of mine recommended that I come to a meeting, and I have been involved in the club since last winter. I think that the Red Cross does important work across our community and the world, and I just want to help them to do it.
Do you donate blood? If so, Why?
I have not given blood yet, but I would like to soon. I am thinking about donating for the upcoming Michigan State vs. Penn State blood challenge.
What is some advice you would give to someone who is afraid/has never given blood before?
One piece of advice that I would give is to not be afraid because the nurses are very experienced as this is the job that they do every day. They are there to make the experience of giving blood as painless as possible. Another reason to give blood is because it can save up to three lives, making this one of the most selfless things that you can do.
Why do you enjoy being an OSC?
Being able to serve the community is always a good feeling. Being an OSC also gives me the experience in the field of management and leadership, which I believe is a necessary skill in life and in my future career.
Why do you think that the Student Red Cross Club is important to have here?
We reach out and gather donors. A lot of people don’t give blood because they’re never asked to. SRCC is the bridge between the blood drives and the potential donors. We also help promote and educate students about giving blood, which is important across our community.
Photo Credit: Sean Rayford for the New York Times
Over the past week across Florida and the Southeastern United States, Hurricane Matthew has wreaked havoc and sent more than 27,000 people to almost 200 Red Cross and community shelters. This includes 22,000 people in Florida alone going to 133 shelters across the state. As people seek shelter and try to stay safe from this storm, more the 1,800 Red Cross workers are active or traveling to the southeast to assist at shelters and response teams. As a result of the storm, many blood drives across the southeastern coast have been cancelled resulting in an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. The cancellation of over 30 blood drives across 3 states has resulted in over 1,300 donations uncollected and there are likely to be more cancellations in the foreseeable future as the storm rolls on. The loss of platelet donations are especially concerning because they are a key component in blood needed by cancer patients. In part of the country that have been affected by the storm, the Red Cross strongly urges those individuals who are eligible to give blood to do so soon in order to ensure a steady supply of blood and platelets to those who may need the blood urgently. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).