Central Christian College students, faculty and alumni can help save lives at American Red Cross We Challenge U blood drive

By American Red Cross
January 20, 2014

To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Central Christian College is hosting an American Red Cross We Challenge U Blood Drive on Feb. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Central Christian College, 1200 S. Maple. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last.

“We thank Central Christian College for accepting the challenge from the Red Cross,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer, and it helps patients in need.”

To make an appointment to donate or for more information, Central Christian College students, faculty, staff and alumni may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The We Challenge U program encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during winter months.

Central Christian College We Challenge U blood drive

Feb. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Central Christian College, 1200 S. Maple, McPherson

Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health-history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states, including Kansas), 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.