Category Archives: Blood Drives

The Red Cross Supports Veterans, Active Service Members and their families

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).

Penn State-Michigan State Challenge

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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).

 

Coach Spence and Track and Field athletes at their sponsored blood drive on Sept. 29th

Track and Field Athletes Bleed Blue for Coach Spence

The Penn State Track and Field team has sponsored an annual blood drive for the past several years–because for them, it’s personal.

Assistant Track and Field Coach Fritz Spence has defeated Leukemia twice (in 2008 and in 2013), and was at last week’s Homecoming blood drive supporting his athletes who were donating. As a former cancer patient, multiple months in the hospital meant countless blood transfusions for Coach Spence. He said he was “happy and proud” to see his athletes turn out to donate.

Athlete Kasey Kemp has been donating blood at the Track and Field sponsored drive for the past five years. “It helped [Coach Spence] a lot, so I think about that a lot when I donate blood,” Kemp said.

With Kemp was Steph Sievers, another T&F athlete and first time blood donor. “The experience was better than I expected–the people were great and talked me through everything,” Sievers said. When asked about how she overcame her anxiety towards donating blood, she “just thought about where it goes.” A single red cell blood donation can help save up to three lives, and the need for blood in America is constant.

Coach Spence’s message to those who are apprehensive about giving blood? “Get informed and stay educated–it’s such a simple procedure that has a huge impact.”

Homecoming Blood Drive

Homecoming is right around the corner, which means it’s time to bleed blue and white! The Student Red Cross Club will be hosting a special Homecoming blood drive on Thursday, September 29th at the HUB in Alumni Hall from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Did you know that donors and volunteers can receive Homecoming spirit points for their organization?

○ Members of your organization, pair or triad should sign-­in to donate at the Blood Drive to receive 10 points per member (Up to 10 members).

○ If you pre­-register to donate at the blood drive, you can earn up to 12 points per    member.

○ If a member of your organization volunteers at the blood drive, you may receive 5 spirit points per 2 hour shift (Up to 5 members).

○ Organizations can earn up to 195 points by donating or volunteering at the blood drive.

As one of our Bleed Blue Blood Drives, every donor is also automatically entered to win a Penn State® Football home game package for 2016, which includes two Mt. Nittany Club tickets, pre-game hospitality passes, a sideline visit during the game, and Beaver Stadium video board recognition!

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Make sure to eat a good meal 1-2 hours before donating and drink plenty of water on the day of your donation. Donors must be 16 yrs. of age or older and have a valid photo ID to donate.

Please visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information on how to register to donate. For more information on Homecoming spirit points, please visit https://homecoming.psu.edu/

On-Site Coordinator of the Month: Michala Alexander

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, who better to meet than Michala Alexander, the On-Site Coordinator Captain? Michala coordinates the efforts of all student OSCs and ensures that OSCs are present at every blood drive and that they are trained and prepared to the best of their ability. Thank you Michala for helping all of our donors and volunteers!

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What are the responsibilities of an On-Site Coordinator?

An On-Site Coordinator (OSC) is in charge of making sure the blood drive runs smoothly, helps the drive to reach it’s goal, supports the donors and talks to them, and assigns roles to the volunteers and makes sure they do their jobs.  An OSC is a leader that is willing to take charge to help the Red Cross improve the lives of others.

 

Why did you join the Student Red Cross Club here at Penn State?

I joined SRCC because I was very involved with the Red Cross Club in high school.  I was running the blood drives there and I loved working with the Red Cross and helping to supply the hospitals with enough blood.

 

Do you donate blood? If so, Why?

I have never been able to donate before, but I am looking to make a successful donation this year.  Giving blood is so important and only a small portion of the population is able to donate blood.

 

What is some advice you would give to someone who is afraid/has never given blood before?

There are a lot of people who are afraid to give blood for various reasons, they may be scared of needles, afraid of getting sick or passing out, or have had bad experiences with people they know having a hard time donating or personal bad experiences.  When I’m recruiting I remind people that one donation can save three lives, that very few people are eligible to donate, and that the donation process only lasts 10 minutes.

 

Why do you think that the Student Red Cross Club is important to have here?

The Student Red Cross Club is so important because it gives us a chance to give back to the community.  I really enjoy volunteer work and this is a type of volunteering that doesn’t take much time, but gives so much back to the community.  We get to say that we have helped to save lives, and that’s the type of volunteering that has a lasting impact that you can see.  You never know if the person you passed on the street has had a blood transfusion from one of our drives, or if the couple who made it out of their burning house got out because of a smoke detector that we helped to install, or if the little boy who was choking was saved because of a Red Cross training session.  The Red Cross makes a huge impact on communities around the world and it’s great to be a part of that.

The Red Cross Partners with 9/11 Day to save lives in commemoration of the September 11th attacks.

On the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, The Red Cross is teaming with 9/11 day to observe the day by saving lives through the donation of blood and platelets.

9/11 Day is an organization dedicated to honoring the victims and heroes of that day through community service. It has evolved into the largest day of charitable activities in the United States and has now been reserved as a national day of service and remembrance by the U.S. Government.

The Red Cross needs approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to help improve and even save lives in over 2,600 health care centers around the country. This partnership with 9/11 day will help the Red Cross to meet and even exceed that goal through the generosity of their donors and volunteers.

Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services gave a statement, saying; “The Red Cross is proud to join 9/11 Day and empower members of our communities to give blood and volunteer to commemorate this anniversary while making a profound contribution to community preparedness. Let us honor the memory of those who gave so much to help others, and do our part to help those in need this September.”

Those who would like to donate or volunteer on this day of service are encouraged to do so via redcross.org or through their local Red Cross chapter to find an opportunity to commemorate September 11th with the Red Cross and 9/11 Day.

Urgent Blood Request!

The Red Cross is in an urgent appeal right now for donors. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in.

Over the holidays months, fewer blood donations reduced the overall blood supply at the Red Cross by approximately 50,000 units and it has not yet recovered. On top of this, Winter Storm Jonas that his the Mid-Atlantic states this past weekend is forcing cancellations of blood drives across the region, resulting in thousands of uncollected blood donations. Therefore, we need the Penn State community this week to donate blood.

Here is a list of drives:

Monday: Stuckeman Building (behind Forum) 10-3:30
Tuesday-Thursday: HUB 10-4

Donors, please fill out Rapid Pass (redcrossblood.org/rapidpass) the day of the drive, before you get to the drive, to get you in and out faster.

As a thank you, the Red Cross will donate $2 and Blaise Alexander will donate $.25 to THON for all presenting donors and credit the THON fundraising organization of the donor’s choice.

Thank you!!