Welcome to the Carolina Blood Drive Website

Thank You!

Chancellor Guskiewicz and friends at the blood driveThank you to the 515 donors and 93 volunteers who helped the 34th annual Carolina Blood Drive collect 510 lifesaving units of blood. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Employee Forum and the American Red Cross are grateful for the campus community and residents who continually support this blood drive to ensure a readily available supply for patients who still rely on transfusions.

Jen DeNeal, associate director of Ethics and Policy, and chair of the blood drive planning committee, said, “In 34 years, the Carolina Blood Drive has potentially impacted more than 100,000 patients who require lifesaving blood transfusions, including trauma victims as well as those who need surgery or cancer treatments. With support from the community, this event has grown to one of the largest single-day Red Cross blood drives in the nation.”

With blood donations down during the summer months, blood donors are critically important in ensuring lifesaving care is available the moment patients need it. For more than three decades, the Carolina community has generously responded to the call.

Learn more about this longstanding Carolina tradition from WCHL’s Brighton McConnell.

View photos from the 34th Annual Carolina Blood Drive!

When can I give blood again?

As we plan our June drive, take a minute to make sure you are eligible to give. This website https://whencanigiveblood.com/ lets you put in the date of your last donation to see when you are able to give again. The calculator looks at whole blood, power red and platelet donations.

Thank you for a successful Holiday Carolina Blood Drive

THANK YOU to our incredible Tar Heel community. Because of YOU – our 65 volunteers and 339 donors (and 99 first-time donors!) – we collected 320 units of lifesaving blood at the 23rd annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross and CBS Sports Classic. These donations will impact up to 960 lives. You make all the difference and this holiday season, we are thankful for each of you.

This year’s Holiday Carolina Blood Drive joins the larger effort of the CBS Sports Classic Blood Drive, which consists of blood drives at Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky ahead of the CBS Sports Classic College Basketball Tournament on Dec. 18. In addition to a commemorative T-shirt, blood donors received a one-month special offer for Paramount+ (new subscribers only), while supplies last. Terms apply. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/CBSSportsClassic.

In support of the CBS Sports Classic, Carolina’s Men’s Basketball offered several prizes to those who donated blood. Prizes included:

  • Hubert Davis signed basketball
  • Roy Williams signed basketball
  • Two lower level tickets to the Dec. 14 Carolina v. Furman basketball game,7 p.m.
  • Two lower level tickets to the Dec. 21 Carolina v. App State basketball game, 7 p.m.
  • Behind the scenes tour of the Men’s Basketball locker room for four

With the success of the 23 annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive, 36,733 total productive units of lifesaving blood have been collected since 1989 (both June and winter drives).