The previous GSU record was 381 in the inaugural 2005 year in the CAA when the drive occurred just a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the desire to help was high.
This year's total reflects a substantial increase from last year's 268 units collected. In its seven years now of holding the Blood Drive, GSU has produced 2,347 units of blood for the Red Cross. The Red Cross says that number of units could benefit 7,041 people.
The Red Cross reported that 593 total donors showed and registered to give blood on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with the final 383 units actually being accepted.
GSU's 2011 drive was also in memory of LaTonya Goodou, 22, a GSU student who passed away from complications of sickle cell disease in April.
"The American Red Cross is very appreciative of everyone who made the GSU Blood Drive one of the most successful we've ever had on campus," said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. "From those individuals who generously gave blood to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this drive happen, those efforts are all critical to our mission of helping save lives."
The CAA Blood Challenge was developed by the conference presidents as a way of emphasizing the critical importance of donating blood. It is also in keeping with Georgia State Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick's community service goal for GSU student-athletes to become strong citizens in Atlanta as well as volunteer more than 5,000 hours of service.
"We appreciate the collaboration of all the groups on campus who partnered with us in athletics to make this drive the highly successfully day that is was," said Dena Freeman-Patton, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development, whose area oversaw the planning. "The efforts of all the areas on campus made it the best ever and we thank each and every donor and volunteer from the bottom of our hearts."
More than 100 GSU student-athletes assisted in the volunteer efforts to help with a smooth flow for the generous donors who showed up over a 12-hour span on Tuesday.