GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2016) —Bob Jones University will host its semi-annual Blood Connection Drive beginning today through Friday, Oct. 7, from 12 noon until 7 p.m. each day. Blood Connection buses will be located adjacent to the Alumni Building near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance.
“The shortage of blood is staggering. Every three seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. This hits home for me because my own little sister’s life has been saved many times by a blood transfusion,” said Claire Petersen, a senior nursing major from Greenville, who serves as the community services representative. “This inspires me to donate whenever possible. Each donation can be life-saving for three people in the Greenville community.”
In addition to saving lives, the Blood Connection has an incentive program for blood donors. After each donation, donors will receive 500 points that may be used toward a gift card from a number of large retail companies. Donors have the option to redeem their points immediately or save them for even bigger gift cards.
Each donor will also receive a $10 Wal-Mart gift card, a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut and a tumbler.
The Blood Connection will be taking donation appointments. 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.