blood drive

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the College of Charleston Stern Student Center, 71 George Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The blood drive is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Donors ages 16–24 will get a $10 Tango e-gift card, redeemable at their restaurant/shop of choice.

Two types of appointments are available:

  • Power Red: A Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg or O blood.
  • Blood: The most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of “whole blood” is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.

All donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test. The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Although COVID-19 vaccination status does not typically affect donor eligibility, donors will be asked which vaccine (manufacturer) they have received. In most cases, there’s no deferral time.

To make an appointment for the blood drive, call 1.800.RED CROSS or visit and enter sponsor code CofC in the “Find a Blood Drive” field in the top right-hand corner.