Wake County

NCSU students to kick off year with blood drive

Amidst a shortage of blood donations this summer, students at N.C. State University are kicking off the school year with their annual Service NC State Blood Drive on Friday in Carmichael Gym.

Both the American Red Cross and Rex Blood Services say donations decline in the summer months, as regular donors take vacations and high schools and colleges go on break.

With students returning to NCSU, the university hopes to collect 1,156 pints of blood between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“When we reach our goal, we will reach a total of 5,000 pints donated by the NC State community in just five years,” said Melissa Barnes, associate director for the university’s center for student leadership, ethics, and public service. “One donation can help up to three patients, and to know that our campus community potentially saved the lives of 15,000 people demonstrates what it means to be a part of the Wolfpack.”

The blood drive is the second-largest, single-day drive in the Carolinas Blood Services Region, which fell short of its donation expectations by 1,719 pints last month.

“We are grateful to the students and participants who help counter that drop and start off their school year by helping save lives with their blood donations,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO for the Carolinas Blood Services Region.

Appointments to donate can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code NC State or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

The Red Cross is especially calling for donors with O negative, B negative, and A negative blood types.