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Holiday Carolina Blood Drive scheduled for Jan. 8

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code "UNC."

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American Red Cross are teaming up once again at the 20th annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive. This year’s drive will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 8 in Fetzer Hall. Originally scheduled for Dec. 11, the blood drive was rescheduled due to winter weather.

Sponsored by the Employee Forum, the blood drive supports the Red Cross in its lifesaving mission to make blood available for those in need. UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and community members who give will ensure hospital patients can continue to receive treatment during the holidays when donations often decline.

Since 1989, Carolina blood drives have yielded more than 33,000 units of blood. This holiday season the tradition continues with a goal to collect another 350 units of lifesaving blood, resulting in an overall impact on more than 100,000 hospital patients in the local community and beyond.

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. During September and October, the Red Cross collected more than 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed — primarily due to fewer groups signing up to host blood drives, and worsened by widespread blood drive cancellations caused by hurricanes Florence and Michael.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “UNC.”

For information or to volunteer, visit carolinablooddrive.unc.edu.