|Bruins Ice Girls with Andy Brickley and Bob Kaufman. |
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Donna Morrissey, a spokesperson for the Red Cross, said the turnout was far more than expected.
“We’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of people who are coming out not only to give blood, but to join together as a community to have a wonderful, fun family event,” Morrissey said.
Donors had the opportunity to mingle with Bruins alumni, including Barry Pedersen, Ken Hodge, Ken Hodge, Jr., Billy O’Dwyer, Bobby Miller, Bob Sweeney and Tommy Songin.
Also in attendance were members of the Bruins Ice Girls, Celtics alumni and the Bruins’ mascot, Blades.
“The American Red Cross has seen a significant shortfall, bigger than we’ve seen in a decade, so we are so grateful to the Bruins, the Celtics and Bob’s Discount Furniture for coming together for this community event and making sure that we collect blood to help patients in the hospitals we serve,” Morrissey said.
Bob Kaufman, President of Bob’s Discount Furniture, was also on hand to donate blood. Bob’s Discount Furniture donated 20 recliners to be raffled off. Other raffle items included Bruins tickets, autographed Bruins pucks, sticks and jerseys, as well as Celtics tickets and autographed Celtics items.
Children were able to enjoy balloon animals, face painting and puppet show entertainment, as well as free ice cream, courtesy of Cronin’s Ice Cream.
“Being able to come to the TD Garden is spectacular,” Morrissey said. “First of all, we have space to set up a large blood drive. We have the opportunity to include media partners, the Ice Girls, the mascots.
“We really have people from all walks of life, all ages, all backgrounds, come together for a good cause, so this is one of our banner events.
“We can’t thank the TD Garden, the Bruins, the Celtics and Bob’s Discount Furniture enough for what they’ve done for the Red Cross.”---Mike Brown