ECU, NC State Go Head-to-Head in Annual Blood Drive Competition

ECU, NC State Go Head-to-Head in Annual Blood Drive Competition

Community Urged to Donate to Support Local Patients

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 28, 2023) – The Blood Connection (TBC) – Eastern North Carolina’s community blood center – is hosting its 3rd annual, week-long blood drive competition in partnership with East Carolina University and NC State University. The blood drive event is scheduled for the week of Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th in various locations across both university campuses.

TBC is the proud supplier of blood products to many eastern North Carolina hospitals including ECU Health, WakeMed, UNC Rex Hospital, and more which directly impacts the neighbors in these communities. TBC needs to collect over 1,000 units of blood a day to adequately supply the regular, daily needs of community hospitals. This friendly competition between the Pirates and the Pack aims to support those needs.

NC State and ECU have collected over 1,800 units of blood combined in the past two years of this ENC Blood Bowl competition. While NC State has won the last two years by helping to collect the most blood donations, everybody wins when we’re saving lives. One blood donation has the potential to impact up to 3 lives, equating to over 5,000 lives potentially impacted by this competition since its inception.

Donors will receive an exclusive, ENC Blood Bowl rivalry sweatshirt and $40 in TBC rewards as a thank you for their time and support through blood donation. Students and community members are urged to donate and can make an appointment at A list of locations and times can be found below.

East Carolina University
   • 10/2-10/3: Student Union Ballroom A-B: 11AM-6PM
   • 10/2-10/6: Main Campus Bus Loop: 1PM-6PM
   • 10/4-10/6: Dowell Drive: 11AM-6PM

NC State University

   • 10/2-10/6: Wolf Plaza: 11AM-6PM *EXCLUDES TUESDAY 10/3*
   • 10/2-10/6: The Oval (Centennial Campus): 11AM-6PM
   • 10/2-10/6: Ferndell Lot (Hillsborough Street): 11AM-6PM
   • 10/2-10/6: Greek Village: 12PM-5PM
   • 10/3 ONLY: Case Dining Hall (Cates Avenue): 11AM-6PM

McLeod to continue relationship with The Blood Connection: SCNOW (SC)

McLeod to continue relationship with The Blood Connection: SCNOW (SC)

FLORENCE, S.C. — McLeod Health has renewed the partnership with The Blood Connection for an additional year to meet patient needs with a stable blood supply.

This will be the fifth year that The Blood Connection has been the supplier of blood products to all the hospitals within McLeod Health.