NEW BRUNSWICK – In an attempt to collect 1,050 pints of blood and regain the title for sponsoring the largest university one-day blood drive in the northeast, while at the same time raising funds for injured football player Eric LeGrand, Rutgers University students are sponsoring a university wide drive on four campuses, on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 4 to 11 p.m.
NJ Blood Services in New Brunswick, a division of the New York Blood Center, will be holding an all-campus blood drive at four Rutgers locations and donating $2 per donor to the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund.
Students, faculty, alumni and community residents are being urged to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at College Avenue Recreation Center, Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, the Livingston Recreation Center, or at the Cook/Douglass Gym.
In keeping with last year’s pint for a pint blood drive theme, the first 250 donors at each location will receive a Rutgers University pint glass which will be filled with ice cream donated by Thomas Sweets shop on George Street in New Brunswick.
Last year, despite a snowstorm crippling the Rutgers campus and surrounding area, students donated over 600 pints of blood regardless of the complications the weather created. This year, after the holiday blizzard and recent snow storms caused the cancellation of many drives which depleted the current blood supply, Rutgers students and faculty are gearing up to donate blood and help NJBS in their mission to save lives.
“Rutgers University has always been significant in donating to our blood supply,” said Executive Director & Vice President of NJBS Chuck Grossenbacher. “We commend their efforts in supporting our need for blood during this critical shortage and urge residents of the nearby communities to join them and donate at one of the campus locations on February 15th.”
New Jersey Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to 60 hospitals throughout the state, says that the need for blood has increased beyond expectations.
“Hospitals are currently in need of O negative, the universal blood type that can be transfused into all others, O positive, A negative and A positive, and we are aggressively recruiting donors who can fill this need,” Grossenbacher added. “Every day in the U.S. approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, to support organ transplant recipients and accident and trauma victims.
“Everyone has an obligation to donate blood at least once a year and Rutgers University is certainly doings its part to meet the need by sponsoring its annual all-campus drive.”
Eligible donors include people at least 16 years of age with parental consent, who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good health. Persons with tattoos or body piercings are eligible to donate provided the procedures were done in a licensed facility. People over 75 who are in good health may donate with a doctor’s note.
Those with questions of eligibility should call toll free: 1-800-933-2566, or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
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