NCDHHS Secretary to Donate Blood for “Summer of Giving”

As part of the national “Summer of Giving,” North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley will be donating blood on Wednesday, July 10, at The Blood Connection in Raleigh.

The Blood Connection, in partnership with GLAAD, has joined the national “Summer of Giving” blood drive campaign to encourage all eligible individuals to donate.

This is the first full summer season since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded eligibility recommendations to accept donations using gender-inclusive, individual risk-based questions. This expanded donation eligibility included many in the LGBTQ+ community.


The Blood Connection is the blood provider for more than 50 North Carolina hospitals and requires about 1,000 units per day to meet these providers’ needs. However, blood centers typically see a decline in donations over the summer months due to travel and busy schedules.

Given the constant need for donations, Secretary Kinsley recommends all North Carolinians who are able, including those recently eligible to donate, to become regular blood donors.

Those who wish to donate can schedule an appointment on The Blood Connection’s website at