Blood drive returns to Iowa State

Megan Swindell

The spring ISU Blood Drive this year is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 to 22 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

Those interested in donating do not need to register. Walk-ins are welcomed throughout the entire drive, but lines are typically shortest earlier on in the week, during the morning hours.

An hour in the Great Hall is typical, but the donating itself takes only about 10 minutes. Those who do not take advantage of the morning lines could spend a bit longer than an hour there.

The ISU Blood Drive is one of the largest student-run blood drives in the nation. Every fall and spring the ISU Blood Drive gives students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to potentially save three lives.

The blood donated goes to one of the four blood centers located in the Midwest that come to the ISU Blood Drive, then the blood is distributed to nearby communities.

The drive requires at least an eight-week period since donators’ last donation of whole blood, and sixteen weeks since double red cell donations. In addition, the age requirement is 18 years old and weight requirement is 110 pounds.

To prevent being deferred because of low iron counts, donators should have something to eat and drink before donating. Eating is also recommended to enhance the chances of feeling better after donation.

Any further questions or concerns should be directed to [email protected].