Print correction: Due to a scheduling conflict, the Fourth Annual UNC Charlotte 49ers for Life Blood Drive has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Student Activity Center.
The initial planning for the 4th Annual 49ers for Life Blood Drive begins next week, and those in charge of organizing the blood drive have high hopes of collecting more blood than any year prior.
According Secretary for Academic Affairs Adam King, the annual blood drive has grown over the past few years into an important event on campus that unites the student body as one community.
“Not only is the Red Cross always in crucial need of blood,” said King. “This is becoming a tradition at our university.”
While the collecting does not begin until mid-January, planners have begun calling on student organizations on campus to show their support.
The planning committee is looking for volunteers to help with logistics, entertainment, marketing, volunteer coordination and recruitment.
A vast array of student organizations are needed to pitch in, as each group brings something unique to the table.
For example, some clubs and organizations have been known to use their connections with restaurants in Charlotte to donate food for the day of the blood drive or goods for the blood drive raffle.
Organizations can also use the opportunity to meet their service requirements.
According to King, planning begins early so that the Red Cross can determine how many donors to anticipate so they can send workers and resources accordingly.
King is hoping to break the record for the most blood collected in one day in North Carolina, which is currently held by Appalachian State with 1,316 units of blood.
Appalachian State beat their own record last week which was just a little over 1,200 units collected in one day.
Last year, UNC Charlotte collected 874 units of blood in one year with the help of about 40-5o campus organizations. This year the planning committee has set a goal of 900 units.
The initial planning meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Student Union 265. This meeting will be open to the entire community- faculty, staff and both graduate and undergraduate students.