Weather hampers blood donor turnout; THON drive runs through Jan. 31

Blood collections are at 70 percent of needed supply in the Red Cross' Greater Alleghenies Region this month as inclement weather has hampered blood drive efforts. The Penn State Student Red Cross Club has announced upcoming drive times and locations. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit http://www.psuredcross.org/ online.

Members of the Penn State community can make a difference and help to replenish the blood supply by donating at an upcoming THON blood drive. For every presenting donor, the American Red Cross will make a $4 donation to the Four Diamonds Fund. The donation can be credited to the registered THON organization of the donor’s choice.

Blood drives will take place at the following dates and times:

  • -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center;
  • -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 in the Lewis Katz Building;
  • -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 in the Keller Building;
  • -- 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Redifer Commons at South Halls;
  • -- 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Redifer Commons at South Halls;
  • -- 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 in 124 Findlay Commons, East Halls;
  • -- Noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 in 124 Findlay Commons, East Halls;
  • -- Noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 in Brill Hall, Eastview Terrace; and
  • -- 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31 in Waring Lounge, West Halls.

Cancer patients make up the largest group of blood recipients, representing 18 percent of all blood users. Many of these blood recipients are pediatric cancer patients, including several THON children.

There also is a need for people to give platelets during what is called an apheresis donation. A machine collects only the donor’s platelets and returns the rest of the blood to the donor. Many patients who need platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant procedures and have weakened immune systems. There is a platelet donation center in State College, located at 137 S. Pugh Street.

Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Last Updated March 21, 2011