CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Nov. 21, 2005 – Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University, is sponsoring a blood drive at Southeast Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
The drive is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. each day in the University Center.
American Red Cross officials say that even during the bustle of the holiday season and challenging winter weather, the critical need for blood donations remains. The American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region encourages people to please remember to give the gift of life by donating blood. Students, faculty and staff are asked to help
The American Red Cross offers a way to make blood donation more convenient through the “Fast Pass” appointment system. “Fast Pass” allows donors to schedule their appointment in advance resulting in less waiting times, enhanced customer service and more satisfied donors. Students, faculty and staff who make appointments will be taken ahead of walk-in donors the day of the drive.
To schedule a blood donation appointment, visit http://www.americanredcrossblood.org/ or stop by the University Center to sign up from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17; or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. All donors will receive a recognition item as special thanks for their time and gift of life.
The need for blood is constant ᾰ 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As families gather gifts for their own loved ones, they are encouraged to also give the gift of life today and every 56 days. The demand for blood continues to outpace the supply, in part because of today’s life-saving medical techniques, which require more blood transfusions. Based on the statistic that a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds in America, the Red Cross is encouraging a new national routine of giving blood at least twice a year. In Missouri, healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate blood. Federal regulations require whole blood donors to wait 56 days between donations.
To find out more information about donating blood or to make a blood donation appointment, visit www.americanredcrossblood.org.