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Appalachian aims to break blood collection record Sept. 26

BOONE—The American Red Cross and Appalachian State University hope to break the school’s blood collection record at the 6th annual Homecoming Blood Drive with the Red Cross Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center.

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Appalachian’s record is 1,261 units of blood in a single day, which the school collected last year. In addition, the Mountaineers hold the record for the largest single-day blood drive in North Carolina and are ranked in the top 10 nationally for single-day collection.

Online appointments are encouraged by going to http://specialevents.appstate.edu. Donors will receive a T-shirt and the chance to win a $3,000 gift card.

Appalachian also encourages alumni participation at local Red Cross blood centers across the state Sept. 24 – 29. For a list of locations, which correspond with locations of alumni chapters, visit http://alumni.appstate.edu/alumni-blood-drive.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving 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.

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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