University Park, Pa. -- Every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion. Year round, the need remains constant. However, in the summer, the number of people donating is less. People are so involved with other things — vacation, outdoor activities, etc. — they are not thinking about donating blood. At Penn State, there are 40,000 less students on which to draw.
The Red Cross needs help to assure the blood needed is available to meet hospital requirements. Red Cross is counting on the help of undergraduate students at University Park for the summer, graduate students, faculty and staff to commit to donating blood once or more this summer.
If someone needs blood, the Red Cross will supply it free of charge. Conversely, if you are an eligible blood donor, it is a civic responsibility to donate blood to help assure a safe and adequate community blood supply.
By the time an individual retires, there is a 95% chance that he or she will have received or know someone who received a blood or platelet transfusion. By donating blood, you will make sure the blood is ready and available at the time the need occurs. Who knows, the next time it may be for you or a loved one.
Upcoming campus blood drives include the following dates and location. Donors can sign up on line and find the complete list of drives at www.psuredcross.org.
Wednesday, June 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center, gate B
Thursday, June 5, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pollock Rec. Room
Tuesday, June 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stuckeman Building
Wednesday, June 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., IST Building, ground floor east
Thursday, June 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
Friday, June 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., HUB Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
Tuesday, June 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Innovation Park – Outreach