While blood drives are being canceled at an alarming rate as businesses, schools and community organizations remain closed across the country because of coronavirus concerns, USU Aggies have remained unwavering in their annual tradition to help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this fall. Utah State University is participating in its 16th annual Red Cross Blood Battle against Weber State University Monday, Aug. 31-Friday, Sept. 4. Aggies may donate blood in USU’s Taggart Student Center on the Logan campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
To make an appointment at USU’s Blood Drive download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 and use the USU sponsor code: BleedBlue. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.
Since 2004, USU has been hosting an annual Red Cross blood battle with Weber State in a friendly competition to see which school collects the most blood donations. This year Aggies are invited to renew their school spirit as the schools open its doors to help patients in need of lifesaving blood.
As a thank you, donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card and a Blood Battle T-shirt while supplies last. Donors will also be entered to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm, redeemable through the 2021 season.
“Blood donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much as 20% of our donations during the school year,” said Tim Schwen, Red Cross account manager. “With many colleges still unable to open, we may face some challenges ahead. But, it’s great to count on USU and WSU every year for what has become tradition!”
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.