OREM,UTAH — College students might be the solution to Utah’s blood shortage.
Every day, the Utah Area American Red Cross needs 670 donations of what it calls “blood products” to meet the current need. However, Red Cross representatives said icy roads have forced the cancellation of 11 blood drives in the region in the last two months, and they urgently needs donors to increase the blood supply.
The Red Cross said Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University students donate 2,000 “blood products” every year, so it has launched a new college initiative to get more students donating.
The Red cross Calls the program #WeChallengeU. It’s giving free t-shirts to all college students who donate, as well as Amazon gift cards to everyone who donates blood before February 26th.
Jesse Corson, a Utah Valley University student, gave some advice on what to expect when you come to donate and how to tackle your fears.
“Relax, know the process, drink a lot of water. It seems like that helps. Talk to someone who knows what they’re doing. Talk to these guys because they know what they’re doing,” Corson said.
Click here to find information on upcoming blood drives in your area and other ways you can help: Upcoming Utah Blood Drives.
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