March 27, 2014 ALL

Today: Blood Drive, March 27

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive, sponsored by the Department of Military Science/Army ROTC, will be held Thursday, March 27, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Murphy Room. Be sure to review the guidelines so that your blood can be used.

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.

You may be a walk-in donor or may make reservations online at http://www.redcrossblood.org/. 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 bring your American Red Cross donor card.

For double red cell donors, male donors must be at least 5’1” and weigh at least 130 lbs. and female donors must be at least 5’5” and weigh at least 150 lbs. Higher requirements may apply in certain cases.

After donating, immediately have a snack and drink in the refreshments area. 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 either a free Chipotle burrito or a free Bruegger’s bagel.

Thank you in advance for committing yourself to helping change lives. The need for blood is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.