Sacramento State students, faculty, staff and alumni are participating in the fifth annual Causeway Classic Blood Drive with BloodSource and Associated Students Inc. (ASI) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23-24, in the University Union Ballroom.
The Sac State community donated 1,800 pints in last year's Causeway Classic Blood Drive.
Last year, Sac State beat its Causeway rival, UC Davis, by collecting 1,800 pints of blood. Participants hope to win again this year – and exceed last year’s pint count. The university that collects the most blood claims the 2012 trophy at the Causeway Classic football game Saturday, Nov. 17.
Donors will receive a free T-shirt as well as MyBloodSource rewards, results and resources. The drive will feature random drawings throughout the day for prizes, including an IKEA gift card.
The shelf life of blood is only 42 days, but drives such as the Causeway Classic are able to raise and donate blood to those who need it immediately. Cancer, burn and other emergency care patients are typical recipients of blood donations. According to BloodSource, one pint of blood may save the lives of three people.
If a participant can’t donate on campus, they may still participate in the blood drive by donating at a local BloodSource between Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, using the code LO29.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in overall good health. BloodSource makes donating blood safe and easy, and the entire process from check-in to exit takes about an hour. Those interested in donating are recommended to bring a photo ID, eat well and drink lots of fluids beforehand.
For more information about BloodSource, visit http://www.bloodsource.org/. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
– Erica Brown
– Kim Nava