CREC Blood Drives

Blood Donors Save Lives!

Campus Rec is proud to be a part of this great effort, working in partnership with the American Red Cross to host regular blood drives at the REC.

Next Blood Drive

October 27, 9a-3p

The American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood and platelet shortage. Please consider donating to your local vampires this spooky season!

Our next drive will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 9am-3pm in the MAC Gym of the REC. Participants will be able to enter the MAC Gym through the 7th St. Entrance (the back door of MAC Gym that lets out to 7th St.).

Register Today!  |  |  Sponsor Code: CampusREC

Campus Recreation hosts blood drives in one of two locations within the REC at 1400 E. 6th Street (corner of Highland Avenue and E. 6th Street)—the MAC Gym or North Gym.  Select a location below to see an area map with location, entrance and parking information.


North Gym


Donating blood makes a big difference in the lives of others...

To learn more about the blood donation process and how to be a donor, visit the "Give Blood" tab on the American Red Cross website:  To schedule a donation, select the "Find a Drive" button and enter the Sponsor Code: CampusREC.

Or, you can register directly for an upcoming Campus Rec Blood Drive at


Did You Know?


  • 1 donation has the potential to save up to three lives!
  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood 

  • Blood is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries

  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O (positive or negative)  

  • The Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components 

  • Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. need blood 

  • O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types

    • O negative is always in great demand and often in short supply

    • Only 7% of the U.S. population have this blood type 

  • AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types

    • AB positive blood is often in short supply

    • Only 3% of the U.S. population is AB positive 

  • Red blood cells must be used within 42 days or less

  • Platelets must be used within 5 days

Campus Rec blood drives help save lives...

October 28, 2020

  • Recruited 41 donors 
  • Collected 39 units of blood (1 Power Red Donation*)

July 31, 2020 

  • Recruited 44 donors 
  • Collected 47 units of blood (10 Power Red Donations*)

May 13, 2020

  • Recruited 47 donors
  • Collected 38 units of blood


*A Power Red Donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. The donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood.

Campus Recreation’s Lifesaving Partnership with the American Red Cross

By Frances Manning, Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator, The University of Arizona, January 2021

Integrity, compassion, exploration, adaptation, inclusion, and determination –these are the core values of Campus Recreation at the University of Arizona. Everyday we strive to provide diverse opportunities for healthy lifestyles to our campus Tucson community. Through our programs, staff, and facilities we have helped create a community that values lifelong well-being and belonging. One of the ways we can create a sense of belonging is by giving back to our community. Amid the most uncertain of times, Campus Rec continues to provide students with a safe option for activity and stress relief, finding ways to boost mental health, whether it is working out, listening to music, or giving back to those who are in need.

The University of Arizona Campus Recreation is honored to partner with the American Red Cross and take on a more active role in helping to make a difference in our community.  There is a consistent need for blood drives; as blood is a precious commodity that is perishable. In fact, blood drives hosted by sponsoring organizations like Campus Recreation make up 84% of all donations collected. Blood is a lifeline that can give someone a second chance. Hosting drives is our way of giving students, staff, faculty, and community members an opportunity to save lives. But the dema nd is never ending. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,500 platelet donations each day to ensure there is adequate supply.

Through our Rec Cross partnership, Campus Recreation has become a host site, running a blood drive every couple months. To date, we have hosted three drives and have collected 124 units of blood! Campus Rec has also cultivated a community of 133 donors and continues to add more donors with every new drive. It is such a great feeling knowing that our combined efforts may give people a second chance at life. Why not see the value for yourself by giving blood donation a try? In most cases, it takes less than an hour to donate, but that single donation has the potential to save up to three lives! Doing our part is more than just getting donors to sign up. It is a privilege to be a part of something bigger than our organization, knowing that we are making a difference in our community.  

For more information on blood donation at Campus Rec, contact Frances Manning via email at More information can also be found on the American Red Cross website at