UA Cares ambassadors with President Robbins

Blood Drives with the American Red Cross

UA Cares Ambassadors organize three blood drives annually and have helped 589 patients during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Join us by registering below for our next drive on March 21.



Where: Arizona book Stores at the Student Union Memorial Center 

| 1209 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721 |

When: 9 AM - 4 PM on Thursday, March 21

Much like pets provide comfort and support (like these furry family members of our American Red Cross team), so does the Red Cross in your community. Join us during March is Red Cross Month to provide comfort to patients in need: Schedule your blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation today

Get a $10 e-gift card to a pet supply merchant of choice when you come to give blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma March 1-24, 2024.* Plus, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card – you could use it as a treat for yourself or your trusted companion. There will be five lucky winners!

Your donation will make a paw-sitive impact this spring.

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You are a superhero!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I walk into this event and donate?
Although walk-in donations are always welcomed, we strongly encourage donors to register before this event to expedite the process when they arrive. Walk-ins may experience longer than usual wait times.  

Can I donate at another location?
Donors can register and donate at any of the locations offered by the Red Cross. If you'd like your donation to count towards our collective numbers as UA Cares Ambassadors, it's best to register for UA Cares-specific drives.

I want to learn more before I donate, where can I find more information?

Click on the red tiles provided below to learn more about the blood donation process.

YOU CARRY WITHIN YOU A LIFE-SAVING POWER THAT IS SO EASY TO SHARE. By becoming a blood donor, you can impact up to 3 lives in just 45 minutes! It's that easy!

About 1 in 7 people who enter a hospital need blood. The need for blood is so high that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. has a need that often goes unmet. All it takes is one pint to be a superhero. Your superpower donation can positively impact lives in a multitude of ways. One pint of blood can be separated into several life-saving components:

  • Red blood cells
  • Plasma,
  • Platelets
  • Cryoprecipitate

Red blood cells carry oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our bodies. Then they make the return trip, taking carbon dioxide back to our lungs to be exhaled. People with a low red blood cell count can take longer to heal and recover from injury or illness. Plasma is a pale yellow mixture of water, proteins, and salts. Platelets promote blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live. Give others a chance to live, donate and become a SUPERHERO!

As a donor, you will have the opportunity to know exactly where your donations are used. You will see the city, state, and hospital your helpful donation ends up.

Facts About Blood and Blood Types

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What to Do Before, During and After Your Donation

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Are you a First Time Donor?

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What happens to the donated blood?

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Thank you to the University of Arizona Student Unions for sponsoring!

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