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Annual blood drive held Sept. 29 at Appalachian

ARClogo_t.jpgBOONEThe annual Appalachian State University Blood Drive, supporting the American Red Cross, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29.

This year’s drive will be held in the Holmes Center on campus from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Two years ago, blood donors came out en mass, resulting in the largest single-day American Red Cross blood collection in North Carolina history.  A total of 1,060 pints were donated, eclipsing a long-standing record held by UNC Chapel Hill.

This year Appalachian alumni across the state are also being encouraged to donate at blood centers in their own communities between Monday, Sept. 27, until Wednesday, Sept. 29, to help replenish the American Red Cross’ blood supply.

Donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt and will be automatically entered in a drawing for a $1,000 gas card.  A marrow registration will also be held.

The Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet patient needs.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 or older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

To schedule a donation appointment for the annual ASU Blood Drive, visit www.specialevents.appstate.edu.  For more information regarding other blood drives and donation opportunities in your area, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit on-line at redcrossblood.org.

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