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2020-21 Blood Drives

We partner with the American Red Cross for the blood drives. 

February 2020 Blood Drive Results
  • 83 Donors presented
  • 78 units of blood were collected

234 lives will be saved because of this Humankind Blood Drive!  We thank the following organizations for their help in making this blood drive a success:

  • SNC Actuarial Club
  • SNC Beta Beta Beta (Biology Club)
  • SNC Green Knights Against Diabetes
  • SNC Kappa Beta Gamma
  • SNC Math Club
  • SNC Times
  • SNC Untouchables
  • Denise, an American Red Cross volunteer
  • Kim, an American Red Cross volunteer
Upcoming Blood Drive Date
  • Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 blood drives have been cancelled.

All blood drives are held in the Michels Commons Ballroom.  If you donated at our last drive, you will be eligible to donate again – and we would really appreciate your support!

Pre-registration is held in Michels Commons, Mulva Library and Campus Center prior to each event. Specific dates/time will be published closer to each event date.

New to Donating?  
Check out the blood donation tutorial video that walks you through the process.

If you’re interested in donating prior to our next blood drive, online registration can be found on the Red Cross donation webpage. You can also register by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

If you have any questions, please contact Health Services.

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 Services at health@snc.edu.

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