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Red Cross and SDSU Team Up for Aztecs for Life Blood Drive

San Diego and the SDSU college community is urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University and the American Red Cross are partnering up to host the Aztecs for Life Blood Drive, presented by California Coast Credit Union, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Viejas Arena. With the goal of collecting 400 pints of blood, multiple campus groups and associations have joined together to help organize the drive, recruit donors and volunteer time for the 10-hour blood drive. Associated Students, Student Housing, Arts Alive, Marching Aztecs and Pep Band, Athletics, Aztec Football Legacy and SDSU Alumni are among the organizations participating.

“Giving blood is a simple way to put the Aztecs’ spirit of service into action to help save lives,” said Steve Schnall, executive associate athletic director at SDSU Athletics. “We’re calling all students, faculty and alumni, and members of the surrounding community to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help patients in need.”

The Red Cross needs to collect more than 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Patients rely on volunteer donors as the only source of blood for those in need of lifesaving blood transfusions. Blood collected at this drive can help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others have the blood products needed.

Aztecs for Life Blood Drive presented by California Coast Credit Union
San Diego State University - Viejas Arena, Tuesday, Nov. 28
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5500 Canyon Crest Drive

To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code: aztecs.

As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood will receive a T-shirt and a coupon for a free combo meal from Wahoo’s Fish Taco, while supplies last. Various entertainment will be provided by Marching Aztecs and Pep Band and Arts Alive during the blood drive.

If you are coming from campus, please enter via Door 7 at the top level of Viejas Arena. If you are coming from off campus, there will be ample free parking in Parking Lot 13, located off Campus Drive on the bottom level of Viejas Arena. 

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.