Donating Blood = Saving Lives Thank you to the Caps fans whom have donated blood in the past making the Caps Inova Blood Drives the most successful blood donation campaign hosted by any sports team in the Washington, DC area.
“Donating blood makes a significant difference and helps save lives,” said Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who was involved in a previous blood drive. “This is an important issue where everyone can help. I encourage all Caps fans to come out, participate and help others.”
WHO: CAPS FANS NEEDED!
WHAT: INOVA and Washington Capitals Winter Blood Drive
WHERE: Kettler Capitals Iceplex – 627 N. Glebe Road, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HOW: Donors can make an appointment now by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or sign up online at www.inova.org/donateblood. Click on the “Schedule an Appointment” button (on the right side), and use sponsor code 7441 to find the Capitals drive. Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be permitted to donate. There is limited space available – only the first 500 fans to sign up will be able to participate. The entire donation process takes approximately one hour.
WHY: The gift of life. And as a bonus: Donors will receive a limited edition Slapshot bobblehead and a t-shirt.
In addition donors will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Slapshot from 9-10 a.m., 12-1 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. in a winter wonderland scene. One free photo and a picture frame will be provided to each donor.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO FOR DONORS:
To give blood, you must be feeling generally well on the day of your donation, be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the past eight weeks (56 days). There is a one week wait to donate after any tattoos or body piercings. There are other factors that may affect your eligibility to give blood; any questions can be answered by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES or by visiting www.inova.org/donateblood. Aspects of each potential donor’s health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin (iron level) are measureOne blood donation can save up to three lives and there is an immediate need for all blood types. More than 250 blood and platelet donations are needed every day, year-round, for patients in area hospitals. Blood and platelets help many people, including trauma patients, surgery patients, newborn babies, cancer patients and transplant patients. Inova Blood Donor Services is the major supplier of blood products in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.