The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the American Red Cross are teaming up for a blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trask Coliseum. Over 200 UNCW students, staff and community members are expected to give blood at the event.
The blood drive is UNCW’s bid in this year’s Colonial Athletic Association Blood Challenge, which was developed by the conference presidents as a fun way to emphasize the critical importance of donating blood. Now in its 15th year, the challenge pits CAA universities and college members in a blood drive battle with the school collecting the most donations being crowned the winner. The event has developed into one of the conference's most important public service projects.
Donate blood at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:
Thursday, Sept. 29
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Donors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment for this blood drive by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code “UNCW,” calling 1-800-RED CROSS or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App. All presenting donors will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips, while supplies last.
Students play an important role in maintaining the blood supply. Up to 20 percent of Red Cross blood drives are sponsored by high schools and colleges. By sponsoring a blood drive, UNCW helps 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 and cancer. Giving blood is an easy way to impact the community.
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.