Eastern Arizona College celebrates 18th bi-annual blood drive by hosting another blood drive!

College community invites county residents to contribute to the 7,411 units of lifesaving blood already collected.

THATCHER, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2019) — When it comes to donating blood, Eastern Arizona College (EAC) goes to the head of the class in urging blood donors to help save lives! As the largest American Red Cross collegiate blood drive in Eastern Arizona, the campus community remains committed to rolling up their sleeves for those in need.

“Since 2001, the student government has worked hard to engage campus staff and students and extend the invitation to Graham and Greenlee county residents who have played a huge part in growing this drive.” said Samantha Bivens, account manager, donor recruitment development, Red Cross Arizona Region.

The Red Cross and EAC team up twice a year to bring the state’s largest collegiate blood drive to life on campus. Along with the college’s mascot, Gila Hank, Gila monster who will be coming out to support the drive, hundreds of donors are expected to give during the on-campus event November 7 to celebrate lives saved and continue the college legacy to help save more lives.

All blood types needed now
Donors of all blood types, especially those with type O blood, are critically needed to give now to ensure a stable supply this fall. Stay healthy this flu season and make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device and using the sponsor code EAC.

As a thank-you, all presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Eastern Arizona College Blood Drive
Thursday, Nov. 7
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Activities Center
615 N. Stadium Ave.

How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.