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Blood bag

Fall is many people’s favorite season.  The leaves are changing colors, the pumpkin spice latte comes back, that distinct fall smell fills the air, college football is in full swing, and Blood Battle wages on for glorious weeks. 

For those of you who don’t know what Blood Battle is, you should, and I’m going to tell you!  Blood Battle is a two week blood collection competition between Michigan and Ohio State.  The schools compete to see who can collect the most pints of blood.  It’s a great competition that takes advantage of the rivalry between U of M and OSU to save lives.  This event is put on by Blood Drives United, a student organization here on campus with the help of the American Red Cross.  If you are interested in learning more about the student org and Blood Battle you should visit their website! 

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “Why should I donate blood?”  “I’ve never donated before; I’m pretty small- can I even donate?” “OSU sucks, I want to help- but I’m scared of needles- how can I help beat them?”

Never fear!  That’s why I’m writing this- to address these lovely questions!

  1. You should donate blood because it’s really the only way that you can just lay there for 10 minutes and potentially save 3 lives!  What other service opportunity will you have where you can just lay there for 10 minutes and potentially save 3 lives? Yeah, it’s hard to think of one – so you should donate!
  2. Chances are that you can probably donate when it comes to body size.  The most restricting donating regulations are actually travel regulations.  Eligibility requirements are listed on Blood Battle’s website. 
  3. You can help by telling all of your friends that aren’t scared of needles to donate!  That way you can actually save more lives.  Think about it.  For every friend that you tell to donate, that actually donates blood, you will indirectly, potentially save 3 lives!! Just by talking you can potentially save lives!

This year’s competition goes from November 4th to November 22nd.  If I have convinced you to donate for Blood Battle you should definitely visit the Red Cross website and enter sponsor code “goblue” to make an appointment for one of the many blood drives.

Go Blue! Beat OSU!


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