Universities compete to collect blood donations

By WEEK Producer

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Central Illinoisans are answering a loud cry for help by rolling up their sleeves to give blood at Illinois State University.

This life-saving event is part of the 3-day "Challenge on 74."

ISU and Bradley University compete for bragging rights to see which school can collect the most blood.

Since January, the Peoria region of the Red Cross has lost more than 700 donations because of weather cancellations.

“It's real important that we collect what we can in these next couple of days, especially those urgent types, which are O-positive, O-negative, A-negative and B-negative,” said Donor Recruitment Representative Tammy Hibser.

The American Red Cross counts on students to provide 20-percent of its blood donations each year.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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