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Capitals Blood Drive

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Help save a life, give blood. The Washington Capitals, the American Red Cross and 94.7 The Arrow Classic Rock will host a blood drive at MCI Center Friday, Feb. 3, from 1-7 p.m. Every fan that participates will receive two tickets to an upcoming Caps game. Capitals players will also stop by throughout the day to thank donors and sign autographs.

There were lower-than-normal blood donation rates throughout the holiday season, which caused inventory of Type O and Type B blood products to fall below a one-day supply. As a result the Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross was forced to limit distribution of blood products to local hospitals.

alt Caps fans, you can make a difference! Help eliminate this blood shortage by scheduling a blood donation appointment now for the Capitals blood drive. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. If you aren’t sure of your schedule this far in advance, you can also walk-up the day of the drive anytime between 1 and 7 p.m. at the F Street entrance of MCI Center. Appointments are not necessary, but are preferred.

To give blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the last eight weeks (56 days). "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, "healthy" also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Other 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 blood count (hemoglobin or hematocrit) are measured.

Please note that the entire donation process normally takes about an hour.

For more information on the Washington Capitals blood drive, please contact Elizabeth Wodatch, community relations manager, at
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