About this event:
Homecoming is right around the corner, which means it’s time to bleed black and red and join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives at the Northern Illinois University Homecoming Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chick Evans Field House.
All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross stadium blanket, while supplies last.
Special thanks to the NIU Greek Life, Campus Activities Board and the Student Health Organization for helping to save lives at this blood drive. This year’s blood drive is expected to collect seventy-four lifesaving donations.
“NIU and the students, alumni, and staff have done an incredible job at this blood drive and it always helps ensure that we are providing the blood our hospitals and patients need,” said Janet Jarvis, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross Heart of America blood services region. “We’re asking all Husky fans and alumni to show their school pride by giving the gift of life to patients in need.”
The need for blood is constant. On average, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients in Illinois and across the country. Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.