Valdosta State Students and Staff Step to the Plate for Blood Donations

January 24, 2011

Just weeks into the new year, the Southern Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross has already experienced one of its most difficult winters yet. As a result of last week’s winter storm, many Red Cross blood donation centers were closed and even more blood drives were cancelled resulting in more than 2,600 units of blood and platelets that were unable to be collected.

When Valdosta State University head football coach David Dean, learned of one high school blood drive cancellation, he knew he needed to do something. The high school's blood drive was expected to collect 350 pints of much-needed blood. To help recover these units, Dean decided to add an extra day to VSU's existing blood drive on January 25, bringing a two-day collection goal to 800 pints. Day two of the VSU blood drive will be held on January 27, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Bailey Science Building. The Bloodmobiles will also be parked at the University Center and parking lot of Billy Grant Field.

“We are very encouraged by the on-going support we receive from Valdosta State University,” said Randy Edwards, CEO, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “The faculty and staff have been long-time blood services supporters, and this collection of 800 pints will most certainly help to make up for the shortfall from last week’s winter weather.”

The blood drive will take place on:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 – Student Union Ballroom, noon – 8 pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 – Bailey Science Center Atrium, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 – Bloodmobile University Center, 8am-3pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 – Bloodmobile Billy Grant Field, 8am-3pm

This two-day blood drive will be the largest drive in school history and the largest on the books to-date across the state. Donors are encouraged to be a part of this historic event and CLICK HERE or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to more than 120 hospitals and must have 1,200 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year.

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 who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.