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Aug
09

N.C. State University Aims to Collect 1,250 Pints

4:30 PM - 8:00 AM
Carmichael Gym
Raleigh, NC

N.C. State University to Celebrate 125th Anniversary
with Record-Breaking Blood Drive

N.C. State University has a long history of excellence and service to the community. As the university celebrates its 125th anniversary, it plans to continue this tradition with the third annual Service N.C. State blood drive with the American Red Cross on August 17, 2012. The drive aims to collect 1,250 pints of blood - more than 200 units over the 1,032 pints collected in 2011.

"Service to the community is a hallmark of the N.C. State experience - to be a part of the Wolfpack community means to be in service to others," said Mike Giancola, associate vice provost, Student Leadership and Engagement.  "Service N.C. State is a chance for our campus community to come together to support the American Red Cross and show that we do, in fact, all bleed RED."                                                                                                

The Service N.C. State blood drive will be held at the Carmichael Gym from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.  All participants will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. Please visit ncsu.givesblood.org to schedule your appointment to give blood.

The Service N.C. State blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a national blood shortage.  Although the number of blood donations has increased since issuing an emergency appeal for blood donors in June, the situation remains tenuous and more donors are needed in the coming weeks.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet patient needs.  Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.