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UHD Partners with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for Drive

Gator Pride runs in the blood of every University of Houston-Downtown student. On April 14 and 15, that same blood can play double duty and help save lives. The Office of Student Activities is partnering with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for a drive where students, faculty and staff can donate blood.

Running both days from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in A300 (the White Oak Room), participants will receive a free T-shirt and COVID-19 antibody test with their donation – along with the knowledge that their donation can make a difference in someone else’s life. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Interested donors may register online for April 14 or April 15.

The benefits of donating blood are plentiful:

  • A single donation can save up to three lives because a whole blood donation can be divided into three components—plasma, platelets and red blood cells.
  • Plasma often is needed to replace fluids in burn and trauma patients.
  • Platelets help cancer and bone marrow transplant patients recover.
  • Red blood cells are used to treat cancer, surgery, and trauma patients.

The Blood Center requires that donors wear a mask or face covering when at a blood drive. In the case participants do not have one, staff will offer one to donors.