Promotional poster for Battle of the Greens

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Winter quarter blood drive inspires campus rivalry

Students can show their pride by giving blood

Although the winter quarter "Battle of the Greens" competition is already halfway completed, there are still many opportunities for students to compete for their residential green, and at the same time help the Red Cross.

The Battle of the Greens is a quarter-long blood drive competition that gives students opportunities to donate blood in their residence halls and throughout campus to benefit the Central Ohio Red Cross. 

At the end of the quarter, the residential green with the highest percentage of participants will win a pizza party for staff and people who donated blood. Each green also has its own faculty sponsor: Assistant Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones on South, Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi on East and Vice President for Student Affairs Kent J. Smith Jr. on West.

"As a residential student people are so tied to their green," Hall Jones said. "And as sponsors, we're meeting with them, encouraging them and sending thank you notes. We're the cheerleaders of our green."

Every week, one or two drives will be held in the residence halls. Commuter students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an additional campus-wide blood drive on Monday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. After donating, participants will be asked to vote for their favorite green.

In addition to encouraging campus rivalries, the real goal of the Battle of the Greens is to aid the blood banks and the people who use them. Throughout the winter season, inclement weather can result in cancelled blood drives and blood bank shortages. The residential nature of college campuses causes them less likely to be affected by weather, making them a large resource for the Red Cross throughout the winter months.

For people who are uneasy about donating blood, Hall-Jones recommends thinking of someone in need.

"There's no artificial blood – if you are in a surgery that requires blood that means that someone volunteered to give it to you," Hall-Jones said. "One blood donation can save up to three people's lives. It's a pretty amazing statistic."

For more information about donating blood or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or click here.

Tips for Donating Blood

•  Eat foods rich in iron such as red meat, broccoli, spinach and raisins
•  Get a good night's sleep
•  Eat two or three hours before donating
•  Drink plenty of water
•  Don't forget your donor card or government issued photo I.D.