Donate blood, receive free T-shirt, beat UNLV

Wolf Pack currently leads in pints of blood donated; next drive scheduled Nov. 21, winner announced during football game Nov. 24

A donor care specialist with Vitalant, the community's blood service provider, prepares a vien in a student's arm just before he donates blood on campus during Homecoming 2018: #ServeOurPack Blood Drive.

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11/13/2018 | By: Mapuana Andrade | Natalie Fry |

Wolf Pack fans can help the University of Nevada, Reno beat UNLV and transform lives before Thanksgiving by donating blood. The blood drive, brought to campus by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services), is scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 21. There are four locations, all taking blood from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; no appointments necessary. 

The University is partnering with Vitalant, the nation's second largest community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and healthcare partners for patients in need across 40 states.

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The campus location will be in the Bloodmobile outside of the Joe Crowley Student Union. All donors who donate at this special Beat UNLV Blood Drive location on campus will receive an ASUN "I Bleed Silver and Blue" T-shirt.

In addition to the Student Union location, the other northern Nevada locations include:

  • The Reno Donor Center, 1125 Terminal Way, Reno, NV 89502
  • The Sparks Donor Center, 4670 Sparks Blvd, Sparks, NV 89436
  • The Carson City Donor Center located, 256 E Winnie Ln, Carson City, NV 89706

"Donations tend to drop during the holidays," Northern Nevada Recruitment Manager for Vitalant Scott Edward said. "We are asking all northern Nevadans to help ensure a safe blood supply before the Thanksgiving holiday by donating blood, while also ensuring UNR beats UNLV."

This comes in an effort to transform the attitude around friendly competition and the University community during the rivalry season. Currently, the Wolf Pack leads the Rebels by nearly 100 pints of blood.

"We hope that, by empowering the community to focus their competitive efforts in donating to a good cause, we will spread positivity during the holiday season," Carissa Bradley, Vice President of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, said. "We feel victory is within our reach but we need our whole Wolf Pack community to come out to help ensure our win."

The University and UNLV will each tally donations they have received at their respective colleges since the challenge began in November 2017. The winning college will be awarded a plaque at the Wolf Pack vs. Rebels football game scheduled in Las Vegas Saturday, Nov. 24.

To schedule a donation appointment at any time, visit www.bloodhero.com and search by date, or call 1-866-985-0598. Walk-ins are also welcome.

About Vitalant
Vitalant is the nation's second largest community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and healthcare partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant's 780,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 (877-25VITAL). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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