SGTC, Red Cross to honor 9/11 with blood drive
Published 10:02 pm Friday, September 7, 2018
AMERICUS — In honor of the heroic men and women who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the American Red Cross and South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The drive will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Hicks Hall on the college’s Americus campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appointments are available, but are not necessary. In order to save up to 15 minutes in wait time, donors may also visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete a pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of the drive.
According to the American Red Cross, blood donations can help cancer patients, trauma patients, sickle cell patients, burn patients and patients with chronic diseases. Donations can also be separated into components, which can help more than one person.
Most healthy individuals can donate blood every 56 days. In order to be eligible to give, the donor must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors are also encouraged to eat a well-balanced meal and drink a lot of fluids prior to donating.
This will be the second of three blood drives to be held at South Georgia Tech during 2018. The first one, held in June, raised 25 units of blood — surpassing the Red Cross’ goal of 18 units. Following the 9/11 blood drive, another will be held on Nov. 27. SGTC faculty and staff members, students, and community members are welcomed to donate during any of the drives.
For more information on blood donation, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543). To schedule an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code: SGTC, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.