Red Cord Program

Graduates tossing graduation caps

To further honor those high school students throughout the community who help make the Blood Center’s mission possible, the Coastal Bend Blood Center presents the Red Cord Heroes Program. This initiative will recognize graduating seniors who have donated three or more times during their senior year by presenting them with a special red cord. The cord is to be worn during their graduation commencement ceremonies, honoring them for their lifesaving gifts to the community.

During the 2019-2020 school year, 1,104 Coastal Bend seniors met the requirements and received a red cord. Through this recognition program, the Blood Center looks to raise overall awareness and understanding of the need to become regular blood donors while rewarding those who take an active role in supporting the healthcare of our community.

In the 2020 - 2021 School Year, Sinton High School had over 80 Seniors earn a red cord for graduation.

  • Graduating high school senior at a Coastal Bend Blood Center partner high school
  • Student must give 3 whole blood donations, 3 double red donations, or a combination of the two, during the High School Challenge period (May 16, 2021—May 15, 2022).
  • Student may donate either at their school drive or at another blood drive. When giving blood at a different location, student must designate the donation for their high school.
  • Students ineligible to give blood (due to age, weight, or medical restrictions) may recruit family members or friends to donate on their behalf. At least 5 donations must be received throughout the challenge period, and all donations must be designated to the student at the time of donation to receive credit.
For a brochure with printable information and frequently asked questions about the Red Cord Heroes Program, click here.

High School Senior Red Cord Countdown


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