Tuesday, April 12, 2011
SC State’s Brooks Health Center is hosting its annual Blood Drive to rally for blood donations. This annual event is taking place through 5 p.m. today in the K.W. Green Student Center’s Bulldog Lounge.
Pinkey Carter, director of the Brooks Health Center, is committed and deeply concerned in relation to African-Americans donating blood. “This is a campus community event. It is imperative that the faculty, staff and students of the University rally to give blood to save the lives of people, not only in our local community but around the region,” says Carter.
If you are interested in donating blood, please consider the following information. In order to meet eligibility requirements, donors must be healthy, 17 years old and/or 16 years old with parental consent. Donors must 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.
Every three seconds, someone needs blood. Consequently, giving blood is more than just a gentle act of kindness; it is simply a generous deed to save lives.
For additional information about the annual Blood Drive, contact Pinkey Carter, director of Brooks Health Center, at (803) 536-7055 or contact Brooks Health Center’s Infirmary at (803) 536-7053.