The Carter BloodCare Honor Cord Program was created to recognize high school seniors who have participated in their school’s blood drive program. For the 2016-2017 school year and going forward, Carter BloodCare is changing the Honor Cord Program requirements in order to better allow students to be recognized for their commitment to the community.
The Honor Cord Program emphasizes the value of community service through blood donation, while also promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle to students. In order for a student to be eligible to wear the cords at graduation, their school must host at least two blood drives during the school year. The Honor Cord Program awards students at least 16 years of age who have made extra effort to participate in the life-saving act of giving blood by donating at least 4 times during their Junior and Senior years of high school.
Since only 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, Carter BloodCare wants to make it possible for all students to be able to earn their red cords. Students who are ineligible to donate blood due to age, weight or medical restrictions may be eligible to earn the red cords by actively participating as a volunteer on their high school’s blood drive committee. Ineligible students may also earn cords by asking an eligible adult to donate on their behalf. Students are not able to donate for other students.
Carter BloodCare knows it is important to teach people to be involved in their community at a young age. The Honor Cord Program is a small way for us to honor the students who commit to #GiveForLife and help their community.