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!
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 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.
This September has been a very exciting start to the year for this club. From our first general meeting to our first canning weekend, we’ve had a great start this year!
Early in September, we had our first meeting, where we met so many new members and were able to catch up with old friends from last year. We were able to introduce prospective members to what we do as a club and were able to grow our family with these new members and volunteers.
On September 11th, the Student Red Cross Club hosted a booth in the HUB, asking people passing by to commemorate 9/11 by telling us about who their heroes are. We collected those responses and now have our very own hero board, which has answers from all types of members of the Penn State Community.
On September 12th-13th, the club held our annual 9/11 blood drives, which were very successful in collecting blood in partnership with 9/11-day foundation in commemoration of the tragic events that took place on that day. The Penn State ROTC sponsored one of the drives. They hosted it in their building and it drew in many members of the ROTC to give blood and volunteer, making it a very successful drive.
On the week of September 19th, the club also hosted it’s first triple-header blood drive of the year in the HUB, collecting units from many students and other members of the Penn State community over the course of the three days. Greek life was very active in these drives as well, sponsoring and donating many times over the three days.
Lastly, the club went on our first canning weekend on the weekend of the 23rd. We visited the Angus family and went canning in and around the Camp Hill area. It is always a good weekend when canning, and getting to know our new members and spending time with friends is always fun as well!
This September has been an exciting time for our club, and it will only get better!
The American Red Cross is an organization founded on the principles of preventing and alleviating human suffering through its volunteers and donors. Contrary to public opinion, the Red Cross does much more than just collecting blood. The organization is also committed to providing CPR Training, teaching disaster preparation, and collecting money for other charity organization, like Penn State’s own THON! The Penn State chapter will soon offer CPR instruction to people who would like or need instruction for their jobs or commitments, which might need someone who is prepared with CPR training. Disaster prevention is one of the lesser known services that the American Red Cross provides, but it is also one of the most important in changing people’s lives. The disaster prevention and emergency assistance Red Cross volunteers are “helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by devastating flooding, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. Also stated that; “We are mobilizing a massive relief effort with volunteers providing shelter, food and comfort right now. The Red Cross is also sending in additional relief supplies and volunteers to expand our response in the coming days.”(redcross.org) It is estimated that 10,600 people in Louisiana sought shelter in over 50 of their local Red Cross and community shelters on Sunday night to escape from the deadly conditions outside. Hopefully, our community in State College will not be affected by anything remotely this bad, but the Red Cross is making sure that people are prepared anyway. Locally, the Red Cross chapter started an initiative to ensure that everyone has a smoke detector in their house that could save their lives in case of a fire or other poisonous air conditions within their house. The Student Red Cross Club is actively involved in the Penn State Dance Marathon, or THON. They have two amazing families, the Heck family and the Angus family and have joined these families to help combat pediatric cancer through their participation and collection for the dance marathon. All of these services that the Red Cross provides are through the generosity of donors as well as the actions of their volunteers, who give their time to make their community a better place. This is why, if you get the chance, give some thought to volunteering for the Red Cross.
Last year was an exciting and successful year for the Penn State Student Red Cross Club. The year started off successfully with the Michigan State Blood Drive Challenge, in which the Penn State and Michigan State student Red Cross clubs were pitted against each other to see who could collect the most blood in the span of two weeks. Although the smaller of the two clubs, Penn State came out on top collecting 992 units against the 954 collected by Michigan State despite a huge early deficit. This contest was hugely successful, and could help impact the lives of almost six thousand individuals between the two schools! The club also was a part of several on campus activities, including walking in the homecoming parade, walking in the Relay For Life to raise money for cancer research, and participating in THON! THON was tremendously important to the Club, as the club has two THON families, the Heck and Angus families, whom the club visited several times over the course of the year. The club also went canning for THON to raise funds towards the total. Lastly, several members of the club went to THON and danced on the floor in the annual 46-hour dance marathon, which raised a total of $9,770,332.32 towards fighting pediatric cancer. Chalk last year up as a successful year for the Penn State Student Red Cross Club and together we will make this year will be even better!