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Answers to some common questions about the Civil War Blood Drives.
The Civil War Blood Drive Campaign was created because of the huge state wide support for the Civil War football rivalry between UO and OSU. This fun rivalry is a 100 + year tradition. The Civil War football game is well timed to help meet patient demand when blood collections suffer. Because whole blood donors may donate every 56 days; the football season is well-timed to meet blood banks’ winter patient needs, when donations typically decline during the holidays.
When donors present and fill out a ballot, this is also the drawing entry to win one of several pairs of tickets to the 2012 Civil War football game in Corvallis, Oregon on Saturday, November 24th, a $100 certificate to the Ducks or Beavers store, or a Civil War party package. The tickets are provided by the Oregon State University Alumni Association or the University of Oregon Alumni Association that are hosting the home game.
All American Red Cross and Lane Blood Center whole blood, apheresis and double red cell drives that are run from November 1 through November 17 are participating in the Civil War Blood Drive campaign in Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
When a donor presents to donate, they are offered a Civil War Blood Drive ballot. The donor may pledge to which school they would like their donation to count. The ballot is returned to the registration volunteer and it is returned to the Red Cross and Lane Blood Center and entered into the Civil War blood drive count.
Both alumni associations encourage their students, alumni and fans to stay connected. This offers them an opportunity to be ‘rivals for life’ and work together in a statewide community service campaign that helps saves lives. The Red Cross and Lane Blood Center have created a perpetual trophy and the winning alumni association that collects the most blood keeps the trophy for a year.
Each year the alumni association that hosts the Civil War football game donates two tickets to the Civil War blood drive campaign. The Civil War Blood Drive ballot is used to enter the presenting donor into the raffle. One presenting donor will win two tickets to the Civil War football game.
Donors may donate at drives that are operating between November 1 and 17, 2012. Ballots are sent by the Red Cross and Lane Blood Center to one location. The ballots will be tallied for the trophy, and the raffle winner will be drawn prior to the game and the winner notified.
Campus blood drives are among the 150 – 200 blood drives that are scheduled weekly in Oregon by the Red Cross and Lane Blood Center. The UO and OSU campus drives are held at the universities themselves and sponsored by student blood drive associations. These blood drives are part of the Civil War Blood Drive statewide campaign and give the universities' staff and students an opportunity to participate. Other statewide blood drives give alumni and fans the opportunity to donate and participate. In 2011, 6,589 units of blood were collected.
Check www.civilwarblooddrive.com from November 1 through 17. Updates to the scoreboard are made Monday through Friday during the campaign.
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