The American Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help keep the blood supply stable during the holidays. Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day as people get busy with holiday activities. The recent Las Vegas shooting as well as Hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico illustrate that it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps those in need during an emergency. Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives. Your blood donation becomes part of the national blood inventory, helping to ensure we are prepared for any blood needs that arise wherever blood is needed.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to participate in an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, January 31, in Gengras Student Union 331-335. Appointments are available from 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. To make an appointment to donate blood, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "UHart," or call 1.800.733.2767. You can also stop by the blood drive for a walk-in appointment if space is available. It is recommended that you make an appointment, as not all walk-ins are accommodated depending on the schedule. If you have any questions, stop by the Center for Community Service in Gengras 209 or call 860.768.5409.