CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern football team, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be hosting their annual blood drive on Wednesday, April 12th, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the CSU football locker room in the Athletic Performance Center.
"My father stressed the importance of the Red Cross and the blood drive when I was very young," CSU head football coach Mark Tucker said. "Being a combat veteran, he was aware of the need to give back, and the efforts made forth by the Red Cross to generate blood donations.
Charleston Southern University and the American Red Cross have been partnering together for blood drives for more than 18 years. During the course of this partnership, the Red Cross has collected nearly 3,400 pints of blood. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.
"I'm very proud of the participation of our young men and our coaches working with the Red Cross," Tucker said. "Historically this has been one of the bigger drives for the organization when they've come on campus. Our young men understand the sense of the importance of the subject and the need, and I'm glad our players and coaches are able to help fulfill this need and put our stamp on it."
The Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission.
"The American Red Cross is very grateful for the loyal support and dedication of Charleston Southern University throughout our longstanding relationship. We are grateful to the students and faculty who roll up their sleeves to help save lives, and recruit friends to donate also."
Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable patients. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.
How to help
Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can save time at their donation appointment by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.