Members of the Wolfpack community will come together this Friday to raise 1,250 pints of blood to commemorate NC State’s 125th anniversary at the third annual Service NC State blood drive.
Service NC State is hosted by the Center for Student Leadership Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS) and has been a part of the Week of Welcome lineup since 2003. The service event was originally introduced as a way to show incoming students NC State’s passion for giving and volunteering in the local and national community.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Carmichael Gymnasium on main campus.
Melissa Green, the assistant director of CSLEPS and Service NC State blood drive coordinator, believes the Service NC State tradition is a way to show people in the community that service is a priority at NC State.
“From the beginning, our commitment as a land-grant institution has been to serve the people of North Carolina,” Green says. “With this blood drive, in partnership with the American Red Cross, we have the opportunity to serve those even beyond the borders of North Carolina.”
Last year, NC State hoped to receive 1,000 pints of blood, and expectations were exceeded with a grand total of 1,032 pints collected. If the CSLEPS blood drive meets its goal and collects 1,250 pints of blood by the end of the event, it will be the largest one-day drive in the state of North Carolina. And it could leave a national mark, too.
“If (and when) we reach our 1,250-unit goal, we will be one of the largest drives in the United States,” Green says. “Each unit donated has the potential to save three lives, and collecting 1,250 pints will impact the lives of 3,750 people.”
There are currently 1,100 scheduled appointments for the blood drive, and the number of appointments has increased as students have started classes today on campus. Approximately 30 appointments will be processed every 15 minutes.
“Service NC State goes to show the strength of the NC State community when we all unite to accomplish a goal,” Green says.