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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The UNC Charlotte community teamed up with the American Red Cross for the 4th Annual "49ers for Life" blood drive.
Anyone who donated blood received a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a specially-designed T-shirt.
UNCC is among several NC colleges and universities involved in collecting lifesaving blood with the American Red Cross. Competition to collect the most blood is fierce.
The community donated 885 units of blood at the 4th Annual event.
Last year, the 49ers collected 871 pints of blood, edging out UNC Chapel Hill's 782 collected in June.
The 49ers want to help save even more lives this year. Appalachian State University currently holds the state record, collecting 1,313 units in September. N.C. State isn't far behind with 1,137 collected in August.
The 4th Annual "49ers for Life" blood drive was held Tuesday, January 22.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 49ers for Life.
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.