GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 2, 2015) —Bob Jones University will host its semi-annual Blood Connection Drive March 9-13 and will take donations from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
“The shortage of blood is huge, and every three seconds someone needs a blood donation. The possibility of us needing a donation in our lifetime is 78%,” Christina Wornom, a junior nursing major from Fort Mill, South Carolina, who serves as the community service representative, said.
In addition to saving lives, the Blood Connection has created a new incentive for blood donors. After each donation, donors will receive points that may be used toward a gift card from companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon and Applebee’s. Donors have the option to redeem their points immediately or save them for even bigger gift cards.
The Community Service Council will also be giving out t-shirts to donors while supplies last.
The Blood Connection will also be taking appointments this year. Donors who sign up for an appointment are given priority; however, setting up an appointment is not required.
Students, alumni and members of the public interested in donating blood are encouraged to eat a good amount or iron-rich foods (i.e. meats, spinach, and broccoli), drink a lot of water, and eat a good meal the day they are donating
The Blood Connection buses will be located outside of the Alumni Building on front campus.