University aims for blood drive record
by Anna Oakes
Appalachian State University hopes to break its own blood
collection record at Wednesday’s sixth annual Homecoming Blood Drive for ASU
students, faculty and staff.
Held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, the drive
will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Holmes Convocation Center. ASU’s
single-day collection record, set last year, is 1,261 units of blood — the
record in North Carolina and ranked in the top 10 nationally for single-day
Donors can make online appointments by visiting specialevents.appstate.edu.
Donors will receive a T-shirt and the chance to win a $3,000 gift card.
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides
life-saving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and
platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims, as well
as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses,
receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood,
and volunteer donors are the only source.
While the Red Cross is not facing the emergency shortages it
encountered this summer, “the need is always there,” said Revonda Wood, Red
Cross regional donor recruitment representative.
If Wednesday’s Homecoming Blood Drive were to collect 1,600
units, it could potentially meet the stated daily need for the Carolinas Blood
Services Region, which serves North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and
However, the blood drive requires the assistance of
American Red Cross staff from five different service areas, meaning no other
blood drives can be held on the same day in those areas, Wood noted.
ASU also encourages alumni participation at local Red
Cross blood centers across the state through Sept. 29. For a list of locations
that correspond with locations of alumni chapters, visit alumni.appstate.edu/alumni-blood-drive.
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, 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.
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