OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU to host fall blood drive

11/02/1999

CORVALLIS - Oregon State University's three-day fall blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9-11 in OSU's Memorial Union Ballroom.

American Red Cross blood drives are held four times a year on the OSU campus, said Douglas Tracy, Red Cross spokesman. The drives typically collect up to 1,000 pints of blood and help as many as 4,000 people, he said.

"Oregon State University is the biggest drive we have in the Northwest Region," but blood drives are held regularly throughout the area. Donors unable to attend the campus sessions can call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to locate the nearest blood center or drive.

Red Cross Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services serves 90 hospitals in more than 30 counties in Oregon and Washington. Giving blood takes less than one hour. Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh 105 pounds or more.

The Red Cross has the capability to move blood to where it is needed through its National Inventory Management System based in St. Louis. The Red Cross particularly encourages people with type O blood to donate, because type O blood can be given to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

For information, contact Jo Ann Raught at 541-967-7982.