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Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive is Friday

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA - On Friday, February 6, the Boston Bruins and the American Red Cross are hosting the first "Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive" from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the TD Banknorth Garden concourse.  To encourage Bruins fans and members of the Boston community to come out and donate blood, the Boston Bruins are holding an open practice at the TD Banknorth Garden beginning at noon. Everyone in attendance during that time is welcome to watch the team prepare for their game the next day against the Philadelphia Flyers, on Saturday, February 7.  

In addition to helping save a life, each presenting donor will receive a long-sleeve Boston Bruins t-shirt as well as an opportunity to win Boston Bruins autographed memorabilia. The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will also be at the arena to meet fans and take photographs.

"The American Red Cross is thrilled to partner with the Boston Bruins on the “Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive," which will help collect life-saving blood for patients in need," says Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, American Red Cross - Northeast Division. "Supporting the blood supply is a community-wide responsibility and the Bruins support of our mission will ensure that blood is available when it’s most needed."

To make an appointment to donate blood at the "Bleed Black and Gold Blood Drive," please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or go here.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, however only five percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do so. The donated blood is used for surgical procedures, organ transplants, trauma and chemotherapy.  For some patients, such as the victim of an automobile accident, the need for blood is sudden. For others, ongoing transfusions are needed to help sustain lifesaving medical treatment.

The American Red Cross has been a primary supplier of lifesaving blood products in the United States for more than 50 years. The American Red Cross Blood Services -- Northeast Division supplies a wide range of blood components, plasma derivatives, and transfusion services to over 200 hospitals and other medical facilities throughout Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. It serves the blood needs of more than 9 million residents and many thousand more who travel to New England for care at many of the nation’s top medical centers.

 *In the states of Maine and Massachusetts, persons who are 16 years of age are eligible to donate blood with parental consent.

The Eastern Conference leading Bruins begin a two-game road trip Wednesday, February 4 when they visit the Flyers in Philadelphia at 7:00 p.m. ET and then travel to Ottawa to face the Senators on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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