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5th Annual 1,000 Pint Homecoming Blood Drive sets new record

blood2011_t.jpgBOONE – Thanks to students and alumni blood donors, Appalachian State University set a new state record Sept. 28 for the most blood collected in a single day: 1,255 pints at Holmes Convocation Center.

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A total of 1,255 pints were collected in Appalachian State University’s Holmes Convocation Center Sept. 28 during the 5th Annual 1,000 Pint Homecoming Blood Drive. Among those helping set this new state record for the most blood collected in a single day was student Nina Montalto, pictured above. She said this was her first time giving blood at a Homecoming blood drive. (Photo by Glenn Dion)

The pints were collected during the 5th Annual 1,000 Pint Homecoming Blood Drive. The collection broke last year’s record of 1,135 units. Appalachian holds the record for the largest single day blood drive in North Carolina and is ranked in the top 10 nationally.

“This drive’s success is especially important because the nation’s blood supply is extremely low. Thanks to the patience, courage, and giving spirit of these donors as well as those Mountaineers that donate at other drives, thousands and thousands of lives have been impacted,” said Kate Johnson, associate director for community service in Appalachian’s ACT office.

As part of the blood drive, alumni in other parts of North Carolina and Tennessee also have been encouraged to donate blood Sept. 26-Oct. 7. For a list of upcoming locations, visit

“We got 59 pints at just one drive in Mocksville and we are waiting to hear about the rest of the state,” Johnson said. “Last year, we only got 65 pints total – what a testament to the giving spirit of Mountaineers in their years beyond Appalachian.”