ASU Hosts Annual Homecoming Blood Drive Tuesday (2018-09-24 14:53:54)

The American Red Cross and Appalachian State University invite Boone area residents to join one of the nation’s most impactful blood drives at the 12th annual Homecoming Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center.

Parking will be validated for the first 150 community members who present to give blood. 

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors following Hurricane Florence. More than 170 blood drives have been canceled due to Hurricane Florence, resulting in more than 4,600 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

All eligible blood donors are urged to make and keep blood donation appointments to help offset any shortfalls. Right now, there is a critical need for type O blood donations. 

The annual Homecoming Blood Drive has become a Mountaineer tradition. Since 2007, the university has helped collect nearly 13,000 blood donations to help patients in need, becoming the largest single-day blood drive in the Carolinas Blood Services Region and the nation.

All ASU students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Sept. 25 blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged (register at 

All presenting blood donors will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt while supplies last. All those who come out to give blood will also receive a coupon via email for a free haircut, courtesy of Sport Clips haircuts. Refreshments will be provided.