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2016-17 Blood Drives

We partner with the American Red Cross for the blood drives. The upcoming blood drive will take place in the Michels Commons Ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you donated at our last drive, you will be eligible to donate again – and we would really appreciate your support!

Pre-registration tables will be set up on September 20th and 21st in the Campus Center and Michels Commons (outside the cafeteria). Online registration can be found on the Red Cross donation web page. You can also register by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you have any questions, please contact Health and Wellness Services.

Blood Drive Statistics for Nov. 2015
The majority of the donors had to wait less than 20 minutes.

  • Total of presenting donors:  56
  • Total collected: 61 productive pints of blood
  • Donors consisted of: 65% students, 9% faculty, 14% staff, and 12% other community members
  • Student volunteers: 57 student volunteers with a combined total of 65 service hours
  • Volunteer groups: Math Club, Phi Delta Theta, Psychology Club, ADMAR, Biology Club, Circle K, Kappa Beta Gamma, and SWEA 

All presenting donors received a free Red Cross t-shirt!

Iron Levels
Make sure you watch your iron levels prior to giving blood! One common reason that donors are turned away from donating blood is low iron levels. Iron levels fluctuate daily and are affected by what you eat. If you have low iron, you can consume any of the following to increase the iron levels in your blood:

  • 4 mg per serving: Cream of wheat, prune juice and fortified cereals.
  • 1.5-4 mg per serving: Malt-O-Meal, all bran, almonds, dried peaches or apricots, red meat, turkey, venison, peanuts and wheat germ.
  • .5-1.5 mg per serving: Enriched bread, enriched rice, noodles, pasta, chicken, dried dates or raisins, tuna, eggs, greens (kale, mustard), peanut butter, tomato juice, spinach and strawberries. 
If you have high iron, you can consume any of the following sources of iron to help absorb the iron in your blood and decrease your levels: orange juice, oranges, cantaloupe, peppers, kiwi, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon and tomatoes/tomato juice.

How Often Can One Give Blood?
Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components. For example, donating only platelets in a process called apheresis requires only a 3-day wait before a person can give again. Donating two units of red blood cells through a similar process doubles the waiting period to 112 days. 

Looking to Volunteer?
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the blood drive, please contact the blood drive coordinator at Health and Wellness Services at

For more information, please visit the websites of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.