SC State's Brooks Health Center to host "Blood for Bail"

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

You may ask yourself, why is giving blood so important?  According to the American Red Cross, giving blood is so important because approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used every day in the United States. SC State’s Brooks Health Center, in conjunction with SC State’s campus police, will host “Blood for Bail” on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center Plaza.

During “Blood for Bail,” warrants for arrest will be issued throughout the campus community. A participant that receives this warrant will be given a specific Bulldog Charge with a designated number of blood units required for their release. The SC State campus police will arrest and place participants in “jail” until their designated number of units have been met. Once their goal has been achieved, the jailer will receive a “get out of jail” free card.  The mock jail will be located in the K.W. Green Student Center Plaza.

“Blood for Bail” was developed to engage our campus communities in working towards a common goal. It is a battle between two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including Benedict College and SC State University. “One institution will gain bragging rights for this year,” says Pinkey Carter, director of Brooks Health Center. The last challenge was in 2008, in which Benedict College earned those rights. This year’s winner, or the school with the most participants, will also receive a trophy.

According to the American Red Cross, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. “Donating blood is such a simple way to save the lives of others,” said Carter. Donating blood is a safe, four step process. The process includes registration, obtaining your medical history, receiving a mini-physical and blood donation. The mini-physical includes checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood. The actual blood donation typically takes 10-12 minutes. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red blood cells every 112 days.

In order to meet eligibility requirements, donors must be healthy, 17 years old or 16 years old with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds. For a successful donation, donors must maintain a healthy iron level and be hydrated. Hydration includes drinking an extra 16 ounces of liquid before and after their donation.  Donors must also have a healthy meal before their donation.

To donate blood, donors must bring a driver's license or two other forms of identification.  Donors may also want to bring a list of any medications that they are currently taking.

“Last year, we had more than 300 faculty, staff and students, and Orangeburg community members to participate in ‘Blood for Bail.’  This year, we would like the entire campus community to participate and assist us with winning the trophy,” Carter says.

For additional information about “Blood for Bail,” contact Pinkey Carter at (803) 536-7055, or lieutenant Jacqueline Blackwell of campus police at (803) 536-7188.