2nd Annual UGA vs. Georgia Tech Blood Drive Challenge

October 19, 2012

The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech are asking students, alumni, staff and fans to help save lives by giving blood.  The schools are competing to see which one can recruit the most blood donors in this second annual blood drive challenge.

“UGA and Georgia Tech have a lot of loyal fans who don’t hesitate to support their team at various events,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region.  “We hope fans will show the same enthusiasm for this blood drive challenge and help support their favorite team by donating blood.”

Georgia Tech fans can donate on campus on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The University of Georgia fans can donate on campus on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or use online sponsor code UGASARC or GATECH.  Donors who can not make it to campus, can also donate at one of our participating blood donation centers November 12 through November 16*: 

Alpharetta  |  3000 Old Alabama Rd, Suite 110, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Athens  |  Clarke Crossing Shopping Center, 3525-3527 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606

Cobb  |  East Lake Shopping Center, Marietta, GA 30062

Duluth  |  3090 Premiere Pkwy, Suite 500, Duluth, GA 30097

Gainesville  |  311 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SW, Suite 102, Gainesville, GA 30503

Midtown  |  1955 Monroe Drive, Atlanta , GA 30324

South Metro  |  675 Southcrest Parkway, Ste 120, Stockbridge, GA 30281

*Click here for blood donation center hours of operation

Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for more than 120 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.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here to make an appointment. 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 click here or join our blog.