Phillips Community College will join hands with the American Red Cross on Jan. 14 to host a “We Challenge U” blood drive on the Helena-West Helena campus according to Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas American Red Cross Blood Services Region.
“We thanks Phillips Community College for accepting the challenge from the Red Cross,” stated Manley. “Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer and it helps patients in need.”
According to Manley, college and high school blood drives make up as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The goal of the “We Challenge U” program is to get college students community involved by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during the winter months.
“Winter can be a challenging season to collect enough blood to maintain sufficient supplies for patients,” continued Manley. “ Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses often contribute to lower donations but the need for blood is constant.”
Manley went onto say that blood donations are needed all year for accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients and others receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer of sickle cell disease.
The “We Challenge U” blood drive will take place in the PCC Community Room from 1 to 6 p.m.
To make an appointment to donate or for more information, PCC students, faculty, staff and supporters may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and use “HelenaComm” in the sponsor code field.
All donors must register, complete a brief health history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The donation procedure takes approximately one hour. However, the actual blood donation takes around 10 minutes. Refreshments are served at the end of the process.
All presenting donors will receive a commemorative “We Challenge U” T-shirt, while supplies last.