Blood Drive History

The Appalachian Homecoming Blood Drive is unique to other university blood drives because it is entirely coordinated by a committee of students.  Check out the history and legacy of our annual Blood Drive.

2007: License To Give

In 2007, the first ever ASU Homecoming Blood Drive was held with a goal of 500 pints. App blew that goal out of the water when 663 pints had been collected at the day's end! The American Red Cross knew ASU liked a challenge and so the goal for 2008 was doubled to 1,000 pints.

2008: A Rock Solid Goal

In 2008, Appalachian State not only reached the 1,000 pint goal, they broke the North Carolina state record for collecting the most amount of blood (1,060 pints to be exact) in a single day in history making it the 10th largest blood drive in the entire country!

2009: ASU's Solid Gold Record

In 2009, Mountaineers illustrated the power of one by beating the goal by 3 pulling in a total of 1,003 pints of blood! Every donor counted that day, we truly would not have been able to make the goal without each and every person who showed up to give the gift of life. ASU Alumni in Asheville organized their own drive on the same day to support their fellow Mountaineers!

2010: ASU Hits the Jackpot

On Wednesday April 29, 2010 the Holmes Convocation Center was packed with students, staff, and faculty starting at 8am and lasting all day. An astounding 95% of people who signed up online showed up for their appointments which resulted in Appalachian setting a new record for collecting the most amount of blood in one day with a total of 1,135 pints! Over 300 donors gave for the first time at the drive and another new record was set for the most number of double red cell donations! Also, an incredible 106 people registered with the Be the Match National Bone Marrow Registry and 76 ASU Alumni donated across the country in Mountaineer solidarity!

2011: Give and Let Live

The 5th Annual 1,000  Pint Homecoming Blood Drive was the best Appalachian blood drive yet! 1,261 pints were collected solidying Appalachian's place as the largest university blood drive in the entire country in 2011! Thank you to all of the patient donors who helped to make Mountaineer history.

The 2011 student blood drive consisted of: Angie Trickel (senior), Johnson Ramsaur (junior), Elizabeth Peeler (senior), Andrew Sessions (senior), Kristi Davis (senior), Jaqueline Messier (junior), AJ Anglim (junior), Laura Taylor (senior).

2012: A Small Fare to Save a Life

Appalachian etched its name a little deeper in history at the 6th annual Homecoming Blood Drive on September 26, 2012 when over 1200 donors turned out to give blood resulting in a simply unbelievable collection of 1,313 pints of blood! Even more amazing was that the goal was achieved with minimal wait times experienced by donors. We hope all past Appalachian donors and volunteers share a sense of a pride and accomplishment as we celebrate this BACK TO BACK TO BACK recording setting blood drive!

The 2012 student blood drive committee was: Johnson Ramsaur (senior), Elizabeth Peeler (senior), Jacqueline Messier (senior), Kristi Davis (senior), AJ Anglim (senior), Davis Roberts (sophomore), Katelyn Messier (sophomore), Bailey Stewart (junior), & Lindsay Richards (junior) with graphic design help from Marcie Ried (junior) and Miles Elliott (sophomore).

2013: Yosef Loves the 90s

Neither rain nor chilly Boone weather could hold back Mountaineers from coming out to give the gift of life. 1,317 pints of blood were collected at the 7th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive! We truly saw the best Appalachian has to offer at the Holmes Center that day, from students to staff and faculty to the overwhelming number of Appalachian alumni who work with the American Red Cross.

The 2013 Blood Drive Committee was: Davis Roberts (senior), Rebecca Burwell (senior), Caila Wiblitzhouser Holm (senior), Jessica Coltabaugh (senior), Marcie Ried (senior), Katelyn Messier (junior), Spencer Foster (junior), Bess Smith (junior), & Meredith Rawls (sophomore).


2014: Sweet Home Appalachian

The Mountaineer Community really showed up to help prove that there really is no place like our Appalachian home. The 2014 drive collected an impressive 1,265 units - an amount that has the potential to help save 3,795 lives!

The 2012 student blood drive committee was: Katelyn Messier (senior), Spencer Foster (senior), Bess Smith (senior), Merideth Rawls (junior), Zach Pruitt (junior), Anne Carpenter (junior), Kenly Ferment (junior), Spencer Townsend (junior), & William Bayless (sophomore) with graphic design help from Jelani Drew (senior).

2015: Helping to Give Happily Ever Afters

A beautiful mountain day inspired Mountaineers to come out in droves to help give the gift of happily ever afters. 1,322 pints of blood were collected at the 9th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive! What a great way to celebrate this incredible collaboration between App State and the American Red Cross.

The 2015 Blood Drive Committee was: Anne Carpenter (senior), Zack Pruitt (senior), Meredith Rawls (senior), Kenley Ferment (senior), Erin Yaccuzo (senior), Reem Shuga (senior), Spencer Townsend (junior), & Mary Gregory (sophomore).

2016: We Volunteer to Donate

For the 10th consecutive year, the Appalachian community has turned out by the thousands so that others might have the chance to heal. On September 21st, 1,235 pints were donated and over 500 volunteers turned out to make this extraordinary blood drive possible. 

Number of donors: 1,328
Total service hours: 3,492