March 21, 2013 STAFF/STU

Today: Blood Drive, March 20-21

The American Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Department of Military Science, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 20 and 21, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Murphy Room.

You may be a walk-in donor or may make reservations online at the American Red Cross’ website. Enter the sponsor code “JCU” and follow the instructions.

Blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Bring a photo ID showing your date of birth, or your American Red Cross donor card.

Before donating, have a good breakfast or lunch and drink extra water and fluids. Eat iron rich foods. Avoid caffeine and fatty foods. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used.

For Double Red Cell Donors, male donors must be at least 5’1” and weigh at least 130 lbs.; female donors must be at least 5’5” and weight at least 150 lbs. Higher requirements may apply in certain cases.

After donating, have a snack and drink in the refreshments area immediately. Rehydrate by drinking plenty of fluids over the next 24-48 hours. Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours after donation.

Donors coming to the blood drive will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito. Thank you in advance for committing yourself to the life-enhancing mission of the American Red Cross. And a very grateful Thank You to those who came to donate in January. The January drive resulted in 160 donations.