University of NC at Chapel Hill teams up with American Red Cross to host ‘300 Unit’ blood drive
Tar Heel community invited to bleed ‘Carolina blue’ Tuesday, Oct. 14
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill teams up with the American Red Cross to request all ‘blue bloods’ — Carolina blue that is — to help give the priceless gift of life to patients in need.
Donate blood at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Great Hall in Student Union
Tuesday, Oct. 14
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or
visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code UNC. Walk-in donors also are welcome.
"We are very excited to be collaborating with other organizations on campus in order to help save so many lives,” said Grant Shisler, Biomedical Committee Chair for the American Red Cross Club at UNC at Chapel Hill. “The Red Cross has been supporting our efforts to increase the reach and impact we have on campus beyond our usual blood drives, which generally collect 50 pints in a day. Student volunteers, donors and the Red Cross staff, each contribute to our efforts to provide patients with the gift of life. It is a very powerful thought when one considers how much taking an hour of time to donate can do."
In addition to making a potentially lifesaving difference in a patient’s life, presenting donors will be eligible for the chance to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
“UNC at Chapel Hill has partnered with the Red Cross for more than 25 years to host multiple blood drives throughout the year,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO for the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The impact that results from student and community participation for these blood drives is invaluable.”
Sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board, UNC American Red Cross Club, UNC Naval ROTC Battalion, Carolina Health Professionals Club, Graduate and Professional Student Federation and Delta Sigma Phi, the blood drive helps to support the Red Cross in its lifesaving mission of making blood available for those in need including heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia. Giving blood is an easy way to impact the community and make an impact in someone’s life.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.