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USC wins 31st annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive

The following is a news release from the American Red Cross:

More than 3,500 Carolina supporters presented to give blood

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Nov. 20, 2015) —The University of South Carolina and Clemson University wrapped up their 31st annual American Red Cross blood drive today, resulting in the eighth consecutive win for USC. Carolina now holds a 17-14 lead in the annual competition with Clemson. The 2015 Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive took place on both campuses Nov. 16-20 with students, staff, faculty and fans showing support for their favorite team by donating blood with the Red Cross.

This year’s event resulted in 6,217 donors presenting to give blood. Carolina supporters totaled 3,554, while Clemson supporters totaled 2,663.

USC will be awarded the coveted blood drive trophy at the Carolina-Clemson football game Saturday, Nov. 28, at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina-Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when blood donations typically decrease. Over the past three decades of competition, the universities have collected approximately 100,000 pints of blood.

Eligible donors can still show their Gamecock or Tiger pride and receive a commemorative Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive T-shirt by attempting to give blood now through Nov. 28 at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center at 2751 Bull St. To make an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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