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Posted on November 14, 2012

‘Bleed Black & Red’ American Red Cross blood drive
Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 5
Performance Center
Walk-ins welcome

Cal U students, faculty and staff will try to outdo rival Slippery Rock when they “bleed black and red” at an American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Student Government.

The blood drive will be held from noon-6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center. 

Donors can still walk in to make a potentially life-saving donation.

Cal U and Slippery Rock are competing to see which campus community scores the most “pints” in the blood drive contest. The school with the greatest number of donations wins bragging rights and a trophy. 

The student who arrives with the most Cal U spirit wins a $25 Walmart gift card. The first 12 students to donate double reds receive a free T-shirt.  Learn about double red cell donations 

Students who have questions about the “Bleed Black & Red” blood drive may contact Student Government President Alexandra Brooks at

Who can donate blood

Blood donors must:

  • Be in general good health.
  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days. 
What you should know
  • Blood donation is a safe and simple procedure. Each donation has the potential to save three lives.
  • The whole process takes around an hour, but the actual donation only takes about 8-10 minutes.
What you should do

Donors should:

  • Drink plenty of water so they’re hydrated before donating.  
  • Eat a healthy meal before donating. Try to avoid fatty foods. 
  • Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  • Bring a valid form of identification (driver’s license or another ID that verifies your age) or your Red Cross donor card.
  • Bring a list of any medications you may be taking. 

Read American Red Cross tips for first-time donors