Third Annual GSU vs UGA Blood Drive Challenge
Southern Blood Services Region
Georgia State University and the University of Georgia are asking students, alumni, staff and fans to help save lives. The schools are facing off for the third annual American Red Cross GSU vs UGA Blood Drive Challenge.
The University of Georgia will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, September 11 in Memorial Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Georgia State University will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sports Arena and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Commons.
“This is a great opportunity to show school pride and help save lives,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, chief executive officer, Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “We thank GSU and UGA for supporting the Red Cross and helping us ensure a stable blood supply.”
Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for 100 local hospitals. 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 age 18 and younger must also meet specific 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.