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Carolina and Clemson compete in tiebreaker year for 29th annual blood drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

November 12, 2013
 

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Jamie Muldrow

Phone: 803-251-6034 (office), 803-446-7743 (cell)

Email: jamie.muldrow@redcross.org

Twitter: @scredcrossblood

  

Rolanda Hankins

803-665-3271 (cell)

Email: rolanda.hankins@redcross.org

 

    

Carolina and Clemson compete in tiebreaker year for 29th annual blood drive

 

COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 5, 2013 — The Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers will soon take to the football field for the annual rivalry game. Before the teams meet up on the gridiron, the American Red Cross invites you to show your school spirit by giving blood.

 

The 29th Annual Carolina Clemson Blood Drive—a tiebreaker year for the competition with both schools securing 14 blood drive wins each—will be held Monday through Friday, Nov. 18-22, on both school campuses. All University of South Carolina and Clemson University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans are encouraged to participate.

 

In Columbia, blood donations may be made at the following locations:

 

Monday, Nov. 18:

  • Russell House Ballroom, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Thomas Cooper Library, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Darla Moore School of Business, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

                                   

Tuesday, Nov. 19 (USC Alumni Day):     

  • Russell House Ballroom, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Colonial Life Arena, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Thomas Cooper Library, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

                                                           

Wednesday, Nov. 20:  

  • Russell House Ballroom, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Thomas Cooper Library, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Darla Moore School of Business, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Solomon Blatt P.E. Center, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

                                         

Thursday, Nov. 21:       

  • Russell House Ballroom, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Thomas Cooper Library, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile in Greek Village, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

                                               

 Friday, Nov. 22:            

  • Russell House Ballroom, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile inside the gate in front of the Russell House, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Blood Mobile at Darla Moore School of Business, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

All presenting blood donors at the University of South Carolina will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt and a variety of free food. The coveted blood drive trophy will be awarded to the winning team at the game on Nov. 30 at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia.

 

For additional information about the Carolina Clemson Blood Drive, contact Rolanda Hankins at 803-665-3271 or rolanda.hankins@redcross.org.

 

The Carolina Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when the blood supply typically weakens. Over the past 28 years of competition, the universities have collected more than 90,000 units of blood, potentially saving more than 270,000 lives.

 

The 2012 event was a very close competition, with a total of 7,189 donors presenting to give blood, 3,655 for Carolina and 3,534 for Clemson.

 

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

 

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 and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

 

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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.