Peter Jackson’s “King Kong.” Running a marathon. You and that hottie from your chemistry class alone in your dorm room. But if you really want to get your blood pumping, check out Western’s winter quarter blood drive.

The Puget Sound Blood Center graces Western’s campus once again for the quarterly blood drive, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 17, 18, and 19.

If, like me, blood and needles make you a bit squeamish, take comfort in knowing that you could aid three people with just one donation. The need for blood donors is ever-present, with a minimum of 700 donors per day required just to fill the needs of the Puget Sound area alone.

Before donating, eating a healthy meal and drinking plenty of fluids (this means water, not beer) are highly recommended. This makes both the actual process of donating and the period of recovery easier on you and your body. After donating, free cookies and juice are provided by Puget Sound Blood Center.

In order to donate, you must be at least 18 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds. You may not donate if you have gotten a tattoo or piercing within the last year. Allow about an hour for the entire donating process.

Returners and newbies alike are welcome. Because of the efforts of Western’s students, faculty, and community members, the quarterly campus drive makes the university one of the largest donor groups in all of Puget Sound.

The drive will take place in two locations on campus, one in the Viking Union’s room 565, and the other at the Mini-Mobile located in Red Square near the Humanities building.

For more information on Western’s quarterly blood drive or donating blood in general, contact Catherine Vader of Prevention and Wellness Services at 650-2961.