The American Red Cross and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke wrestling team invite the university community to kick off the school year by helping save lives.
Eligible donors are invited to give blood on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Center Annex, 1 University Drive in Pembroke. Presenting blood donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code GOBRAVES, or download the Blood Donor App. Walk-in donors also are welcome.
UNCP’s Student Health Services is a co-sponsor of this year’s event.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood may be needed to help patients in a variety of situations. Premature infants, mothers experiencing complications during childbirth, patients undergoing treatment for cancer, or those with blood disorders – all may need lifesaving blood products as part of their medical care.
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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.