UNC-Chapel Hill invites community to support annual American Red Cross blood drive

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UNC-Chapel Hill invites community to support annual American Red Cross blood drive

 

The annual Carolina Blood Drive will be held June 2, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—May 13, 2015) – Nearly five million people need blood transfusions each year, and with just one blood donation, up to three lives can be saved. UNC-Chapel Hill will host its annual Carolina Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 2 at the Dean E. Smith Center with a goal of collecting 900 pints of blood. Campus and community members are invited to attend and help support the American Red Cross in its lifesaving mission.

 

To thank donors for their participation, various prizes, such as tickets to athletic events, autographed memorabilia and gift certificates, will be given away throughout the day. Those who donate blood will receive a Carolina Blood Drive T-shirt courtesy of the American Red Cross. Eligible double red cell donors also will receive an American Red Cross travel mug. After giving, donors may choose from refreshments provided by local businesses.

 

“This summer, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help patients in need by donating blood or platelets,” said Marci Allen of the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross. “We appreciate Carolina’s 27-year commitment to helping us fulfill this lifesaving mission by providing blood donations, especially during the summer months when donations are typically down.”

 

Now in its 27th year, the Carolina Blood Drive has collected 23,580 pints of blood helping to save up to 70,670 lives. Last year’s drive collected 990 units of blood. This year the Carolina Blood Drive is hoping to surpass this goal in order to help save lives and promote healing in hospitals across the Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross.

 

For details and to register to donate blood, or volunteer at the drive, visit unc.edu/blood or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. To find out whether you are eligible to donate, visit blooddrive.web.unc.edu/donor.

 

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Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Rhonda Beatty, (919) 843-6993, rbeatty@unc.edu

 

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Helen Buchanan, (919) 445-8555, helenb@unc.edu