The Mayville State University Student Senate is sponsoring a blood drive Wed., March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room. Make your convenient appointment to give blood at or by calling 1-800-917-4919. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services’ Hero in Me rewards program.

Each blood donation can help several patients. Samples from every unit of donated blood are sent to the United Blood Services national laboratory for testing. At the regional blood center in Bismarck, N.D., laboratory technicians separate the whole blood into components (including red blood cells, plasma, and cryoprecipitate). And blood donated in Mayville helps save the lives of patients in hospitals throughout the area.

Blood can be stored for only 42 days, so a continual fresh supply is crucial. Anyone may need blood at any time. In the event of an accident, serious illness, or surgery, an adequate blood supply can make the difference between life and death.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have the minor donor permit form signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, visit