On July 1st CSU employees and community members donated 65 units of blood at the second annual Red, White and Give Blood Drive at the CSU facility just off the Foley Beach Express and two miles South of County Road 12 at 21982 University Lane. The original goal set by the American Red Cross (ARC) for the CSU Blook Drive was 49 units. The blood was distributed to local hospitals in preparation for the Independence Day weekend. An estimated 200 lives could potentially be saved by the amount of units collected from this drive.
“This was an excellent time for type O donors to step up and give. Vacationers aren’t on the hospitals rosters so the blood they need might not be available,” said Rhonda Dodge, ARC regional account manager. “By holding the drive on July 1, it was ready and stocked on the shelves for the holiday weekend.”
“Supporting organizations that improve the quality of life is our way of demonstrating our commitment to the Baldwin County community,” said Robert Mayes, CSU president. “Whether that means providing volunteer hours, getting involved in community events, or donating resources, we work hard to fulfill our corporate responsibility”.
The ARC was onsite with a collections bus for fast and easy donating. Blood donations were also accepted in the first floor CSU classroom. Each donor was entered into a regional ARC drawing for a $1,000 American Express gift card and received a round of golf at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
More than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day in the U.S. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.