That is the theme of the 30th annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive, which begins Monday and runs through Friday November 21 at both schools’ campuses. All University of South Carolina and Clemson University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans are encouraged to participate in the drive.
American Red Cross spokeswoman Krystal Overmyer said the blood drive comes at a good time.
“It’s a time when our regular donors can’t make their usual appointments because they’re traveling and spending time with family during the holidays,” she said. “This is great time for donors to roll up their sleeves, show their school pride, and make a difference for patients by making that appointment to ensure that there is enough blood on the shelves for the holiday season.”
Over the past 30 years, the universities have collected about 100,000 pints of blood, which the Red Cross said potentially saved up to 300,000 lives.
USC has won the competition for six years straight, but the competition has always been close. Over the past 29 years of the drive, USC leads the competition 15-14.
Overmyer says a number of particular less-common blood types are needed, especially O-negative, A-negative, and B-negative blood.
The Red Cross estimates someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.