WSU planning ‘Utah’s largest blood drive’

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OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Weber State University and the American Red Cross are holding “the largest blood drive in Utah in a decade”.

The five-day blood drive will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Dee Events Center on the Ogden campus.

The event is open to all, including students, faculty, staff and community members.

Blood donations will also be screened for COVID-19 antibodies. A donor’s blood, who has fully recovered from COVID-19, may contain antibodies that can attack the virus. This “convalescent plasma” is being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients, so donations could help save the lives of patients battling this disease.  

WSU says their goal of the drive is 1,000 donations, which would make it the largest Red Cross community drive in Utah in more than a decade.

“Weber State Wildcats are committed to serving the community,” said University President Brad Mortensen. “This blood drive is an excellent way to help in 2020. I encourage everyone who is eligible to register now to reserve a space.”

High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20% of donations during the school year. 

Weber State’s community blood drive was organized because donations traditionally drop between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“As an emergency blood recipient myself, it is truly incredible to see the strength of the partnership between the American Red Cross and Weber State Athletics to bring the community to give the gift of life at the end of such a challenging year,” said the Executive Director for Northern Utah/Southwest Wyoming Chapter of the American Red Cross, Benjamin Donner. 

As a COVID-19 safety precaution, participants are required to schedule an appointment to donate. To register, visit this link, weberstatesports.com/blooddrive.

The Dee Events Center will adhere to the Red Cross standards of safety and infection control. 

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