Donating blood is a pretty simple thing to do, right? I mean hey, you answer a couple questions, lay on a table for about 10 minutes to get your blood drawn, then have some juice and snacks afterwards to recover! After this, you go on to live your normal life while your donated blood goes on to save a life.
Have you ever thought about what kind of person receives your blood? Where it goes and why it matters? Let this little, joy-filled girl named Molly give you an inkling as to why donating your blood makes such a positive impact in the lives of others.
We are looking for an organization and or club to sponsor the blood drive at the HUB on Wednesday, September 28th! Sponsoring a drive is rewarding in numerous ways! Contact Melissa at email@example.com if you are interested or like to know more.
Getting yourself hydrated is essential. It is recommended that you drink at least 16oz of water before you donate because it relieves light-headedness and makes it easier to draw blood from your veins.
Also, avoid caffeine – it dehydrates you! Chug that H2O and make a difference today!
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).