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We Challenge U blood drive to be held at SWCC

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 11:22 a.m. CDT

OMAHA, Neb. — To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Southwestern Community College is hosting an American Red Cross We Challenge U blood drive 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in room 180 of the Instructional Center. During this special blood drive, all presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last. 

“An hour of your time could help save up to three lives,” said Caitlyn Lesan, admissions coordinator, Southwestern Community College. “I challenge students, staff and supporters to roll up a sleeve and give blood at our upcoming drive. Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer, and it helps patients in need.”   

To make an appointment to donate or for more information, Southwestern Community College students, faculty, staff and alumni may call Deb Peterson at 641-782-1421 or visit 

College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The We Challenge U program encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during winter months. 

Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health-history screening and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

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