The American Red Cross is teaming up with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help save lives this October. Students, staff and the greater UNC community can become Tar Heel heroes at the UNC fall blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Student Union.
All who come to donate will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. The event is sponsored by UNC HOSA Club, Fresh U UNC, Red Cross Club and Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. However, less than 10 percent of eligible donors actually give blood. Blood donors are 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.
Giving blood is one easy way to make a difference in the community and patient lives. Each pint donated can help save up to three lives.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, so those who give blood at the UNC blood drive also can participate in helping save lives at UNC’s winter blood drive on Dec. 13 in Fetzer Hall.
Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for this blood drive by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code “UNC,” calling 1-800-RED CROSS or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
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.