UM, MSU Face Off to Save Lives in Annual Red Cross Blood Drive Battle

November 01, 2019

UM News Service

MISSOULA – The University of Montana and Montana State University are once again challenging each other in a friendly competition to see which school can collect the most lifesaving blood donations by teaming with the American Red Cross for the annual Griz-Cat Blood Drive Battle.

UM will hold four donation events during the battle:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Bloodmobile parked outside the Payne Family Native American Center
  • 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the UC Ballroom
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Todd Building Rooms 203-204
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Skaggs Building Rooms 229-230

Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made at https://www.redcrossblood.org/ using sponsor code “gogriz.” 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, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Participants who donate during the Griz-Cat Blood Drive Battle will receive a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. The winter months can be a challenging time of year for blood donation as inclement weather, seasonal illnesses, holiday activities and travel plans often mean fewer donors give blood. However, for patients requiring lifesaving transfusions, the need is constant.

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Contact: Alexandria Harris, American Red Cross, 406-370-7898, alexandria.harris@redcross.org.