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Red Cross and SDSU team up for community event


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November 14, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State and the American Red Cross are partnering to play host to the Aztecs for Life Blood Drive, presented by California Coast Credit Union, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Viejas Arena. Multiple SDSU groups and associations have joined forces with the goal of collecting 400 pints of blood during the 10-hour event.

“Giving blood is a simple way to put the Aztecs’ spirit of service into action to help save lives,” said SDSU executive associate athletic director Steve Schnall. “We’re calling all students, faculty and alumni, and members of the surrounding community to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help patients in need.”

The blood drive is set to run between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT at SDSU’s on-campus venue, Viejas Arena. Blood donors will receive a t-shirt and a coupon for a free combo meal from Wahoo’s Fish Taco, while supplies last. The Marching Aztecs and Pep Band, and Arts Alive will be on hand to provide entertainment.

To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 1-800-733-2767 and use the sponsor code “aztecs."

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 2017-APL-02034

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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