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Students and alumni encouraged to donate blood Sept. 28

BOONE – Students and local alumni of Appalachian State University are encouraged to donate blood to the American Red Cross Sept. 28 at the 5th Annual ASU 1,000 Pint Homecoming Blood Drive from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Holmes Convocation Center. To register, visit specialevents.appstate.edu.

The university is trying to break its own record of 1,135 units of blood, which the school collected at its drive last year. Appalachian holds the record for the largest single day blood drive in North Carolina and is ranked in the top 10 nationally as well.

“Hurricane Irene and severe weather in many areas of the country took a huge toll on our blood collections, canceling dozens of Red Cross blood drives nationwide and causing a shortfall in thousands of units of blood,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Now more than ever, we are relying on drives like this one at ASU to help us rebuild our supply to get patients the lifesaving blood they need.”

Donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt. 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.

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