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UNC Charlotte 49ers Set School Record


January 27, 2014

Congratulations to the UNC Charlotte 49ers for setting a school record with the number of units of blood they collected in one day.

Thanks to the generosity of students, faculty, staff, alumni and Charlotte community members, UNC Charlotte collected 926 units of lifesaving blood to support the American Red Cross at the 5th annual 49ers for Life blood drive on January 21, 2014.  Of those donations, 327 came from first-time donors.

Last year, the 49ers collected 887 units of blood, and the growth of this drive from 200 pints just five years ago is fantastic.  As the largest single-day blood drive in Charlotte, the Red Cross is so grateful for the continued support and partnership of UNC Charlotte.

UNC Charlotte is among several NC colleges and universities that collect hundreds of units of lifesaving blood with the American Red Cross, and the competition is fierce.  UNC Chapel Hill collected 804 units in June 2013.  Appalachian State University currently holds the state record, collecting 1,317 units last September.  N.C. State isn’t far behind with 1,100 collected last August.   

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit