Aggie students ready for next week’s Blood Battle

Utah State University’s 12th year of involvement in what is called the “Blood Battle” begins with the first full week of school, August 31. It is an effort to encourage USU students and faculty to learn the importance of helping to save lives by becoming blood donors.

Blood Bath donation stations will be available at the Sunburst Lounge of USU’s Taggart Student Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4

“We are encouraging students to understand that with one potential blood donation they can save up to three lives,” said Kimberly Houk of the American Red Cross.

“It’s really important for these kids when they are young to understand that they need to give back to their communities and this is a great way to do it.”

Houk said the Aggies will compete against Utah’s other colleges, except the U of U, and USU has built a track record of being the school that goes above and beyond when it comes to student blood donations.

“We like to set up shop there because for some reason that student body really gets involved and they really want to give back. Last year they had nearly a thousand and this year they’re aiming to convince 1,200 people to roll up a sleeve and give blood.”

Houk said the Red Cross needs donations of every blood type but they especially are seeking more O negative blood which is the universal blood type. Everyone needing blood in an emergency can take O negative. Only 7 percent of the population is O negative blood type.

Students and faculty can call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.

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