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Student-led blood drive sets new state record

blood_drive_t.jpgBOONE—A capacity crowd filled the arena in Appalachian State University’s Holmes Center. This crowd, however, was on a life-saving mission rather than attending a sporting event.

The 2nd Annual Homecoming Blood Drive Sept. 25 surpassed its 1,000-pint goal by collecting a total of 1,060 pints for the American Red Cross, the most blood collected in a single day in the history of the state of North Carolina, according to officials with the American Red Cross.

“This is an incredible point of pride for the students who organized the drive and everyone who participated,” said Kate Johnson, assistant director of ACT, the university’s volunteer clearinghouse.

“A huge thank you goes out to the volunteers, donors, campus offices and local businesses that made such a monumental event possible. Witnessing the hundreds of donors waiting patiently to give, the American Red Cross staff from the mountains to the coast who agreed to stay until everyone had given, and the countless volunteers who eagerly served in so many ways was a special and heart-warming experience that makes Appalachian State University a truly remarkable place to be,” she said.

Students and staff members on the Homecoming Blood Drive Committee were Tommy Boyd, Laura Miller, Fletus Poston, Kelsey Smith, Jackie Johnson, Katie Rifenburg, Jenny Koehn and Johnson.