Blood drive goal set

Staff Writer

Carter BloodCare has offered a challenge to KC students to donate 15 gallons of blood in three days, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, April 22-24.

Everyone who donates blood will be given a 15-gallon challenge T-shirt in KC colors, as well as be entered into the grand prize raffle to win a 37-inch television.

On all three days the Carter BloodCare bus will be parked on Broadway in front of the Devall Student Center. On Wednesday an additional bus will be   located across the bridge on Oak Drive between the Communications-Automotive Building and the Whitten Applied Technology Center.

The goal for the three-day visit is to collect 120 units of blood. Charlotte Jordan, donor recruitment consultant for Carter BloodCare, said each unit can save up to three lives and reaching the goal could touch up to 360 lives.

Donors must be 17 or older and will need to bring their driver’s license. If a student is already in Carter BloodCare’s system, any form of photo ID is OK, including KC ID.

The donating process takes about 45 minutes and includes  paperwork, a questionnaire and the blood-drawing procedure. Those giving plasma and other specific blood particles will need to stay for an additional 15 minutes.

Jordan advises all students to eat a hardy meal, drink plenty of water and to avoid caffeine before giving blood. Powerade and snacks will be offered to students after donating.

For more information, contact Jordan at 903-574-4998.