The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day on University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue.
""We get a great turnout from the U of A,"" said Leticia Romo, a team supervisor for the American Red Cross. ""The students are really good about donating.""
All donors will receive perks for donating blood as well as be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 gift card.
Caroline Coppinger, a biochemistry freshman, thinks it's important to donate blood because there is a shortage.
""It's a renewable resource in your body,"" she said. ""It doesn't hurt you and you can save people's lives.""
The entire donation process takes about one hour and officials recommend donors eat a small snack and drink non-caffeinated fluids two to four hours before donating.
Romo said each bag of blood donated can save three lives.
""You never know when you're going to need blood, so it's always important to donate blood,"" said Romo. ""It makes you feel great to donate blood knowing that you saved someone's life.""