Hey gang! Please note the following email from Geeker Louis Diaz from ConCarolinas 2012:
Greetings fellow Geeks! For those that don’t know me, my name is Luis and I am director of security for ConCarolinas. For ConCarolinas 2011 the staff had decided that they wanted to host a blood drive to help give back to the community. Since I work for the American Red Cross I was asked to organize the drive for the con and it turned out to be a big success with over 50 people presenting to donate and we collected 36 usable units of blood.
I wanted to let everyone know that we are starting to pre-register people for the 2012 drive a little earlier this time around. We would like the 2012 drive to be a bigger success than the 2011 drive was and that all starts with you. If you are able to donate then please pre-register. If you can’t then please check with friends or family and see if they would like to donate. Why have a blood drive? Approximately every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. One blood donation could help save the lives of up to three people. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day to treat patients in need. Just 38% of the population is eligible to give blood but only a fraction of those people actually do.
There are a few changes for 2012 that everyone should be aware of. First, because of a scheduling conflict for the 2011 drive the day of the drive had to be moved to Friday. For 2012 it will be on Saturday, June 2nd. Right now we are looking at the time to be from 11am until 1:30pm, although that is subject to change. We also had some issues with long wait times once a donor had checked in. This time we will be getting everyone’s cell phone number when you check in. If the wait time is going to be longer than 10-15 minutes then go enjoy the con
and we will call or text you when your number is called.
We will also be having a raffle again! Everyone who presents to donate will be given a raffle ticket. At the end of the drive several prizes will be raffled off including a BRAND NEW XBOX 360!
What I would like is anyone who is interested in donating and would like to pre-register to please email me your name, phone number and email address. The phone number and email will only be used to remind you as the drive draws near and will not be given to anyone outside of the American Red Cross.
Please check out this web page if you are a first time donor…
Please check out this web site to view donation FAQ’s…
Please check out this web page to view eligibility requirements…
I work at the American Red Cross Donor & Client Support Center in their eligibility department. If anyone has any specific questions about eligibility requirements please feel free to email me and I will be able to answer your questions. You can also send your registration info (name, phone & email) to the same address. It is Tuskenfan@…. Any eligibility information, plus your contact info, will be strictly confidential.
You can also go to http://www.redcrossblood.org to get more info on donating blood.
I know with everyone’s help we can make this a huge success!