The Carolina Blood Drive recently received the 2016 American Red Cross Top Sponsor award in recognition of having the highest blood collections and for continued commitment to help save lives. Since its inception in 1988, the Carolina Blood Drive has collected more blood than any other sponsor in the Durham district, bringing in more than 31,000 pints of blood. The university’s efforts have helped boost the community blood supply, potentially impacting the lives of more than 93,400 hospital patients.
“The American Red Cross is very grateful for the loyal support and dedication of this annual lifesaving event,” said Stephen Latham, Red Cross senior account manager. “The need for blood products is constant and critical. The American Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients in need.”
The 29th annual Carolina Blood Drive, sponsored by the Employee Forum, is set for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 6 at the Dean E. Smith Center. All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and food during the event. Free parking will be available. For eligibility requirements to donate blood, make an appointment or volunteer, visit unc.edu/blood or call 1-800-RED CROSS.