The University of Alabama's SGA has partnered with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on campus this week, and it's open to the entire Tuscaloosa area.

This ongoing drive is stationed in the Ferguson Student Center, Rooms 3108 and 3109. This is the latest annual blood drive, and Jillian Fields, SGA VP for External Affairs, expects the same turnout as other years.

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"We've already seen a lot of people show up, even without an appointment, willing to donate," Fields said. "It's a great way for everyone in the community to give back."

More than 20 blood drives were canceled this month due to the effects of Hurricane Zeta, and the American Red Cross has suffered a loss of over 500 pints of blood. There are just two days left to donate blood – Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m until 3 p.m.

Those interested in donating blood are encouraged to sign up for a time slot online. While walk-ins are accepted, people are encouraged to schedule a time slot to prevent crowding. People are also encouraged to fill out their pre-screening forms via the website once they make their appointment to allow for shorter wait times.

Anyone who donates will also receive several gifts, including a $10 GameChanger gift card via email, and a customer Beat Auburn t-shirt. As of right now, Fields said over 90 appointments have been made. 30 more slots are still available for Wednesday, and 50 for Thursday.

Fields reassured The Tuscaloosa Thread that COVID-19 safety precautions are naturally being taken with this event.

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