Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Launches Pints for Pencils Program through Sept. 30

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The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is supporting regional public schools through its Second Annual ‘Pints for Pencils’ campaign. For each blood donation in August and September, CBCCwill donate $1 for school supplies to the public school systems in the 16 North Carolina Counties and three South Carolina Counties they serve.

“As blood is to patients, so are pencils to students. This is why we are committed to building and strengthening community through various collaborations throughout the region,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. “Through ‘Pints for Pencils,’ we are able to bring our donors together to meet the blood needs of the community while helping ensure teachers and students have essential materials for the classroom.”

The ‘Pints for Pencils’ program is one of the many ways CBCC is supporting local students, who make up over 20 percent of its donor base. Throughout the year, CBCC will offer local students the opportunity to win more than $36,000 in scholarships, including CBCC’s ‘Students Saving Summer’ program that runs through Sept. 3. For area high school and college students interested, they can host blood drives for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship – a total of five scholarships will be awarded by CBCC. For more information on the scholarship or grant opportunities offered by CBCC, contact Kim Jones, director of development and public relations at 704-972-4727 or kljones@cbcc.us.

About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is a non-profit community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to 21 regional hospitals, serving 16 North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. CBCC focuses exclusively on gathering red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives – every drop of blood collected remains here to help people in the Carolinas. CBCC is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers providing more than 50% of the nation’s blood supply.

For more information on hosting a blood drive or donating blood in your area, visit www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

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