ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Inova Blood Donor Services collected 609 total units of blood from 642 Caps fans at their 2010 spring blood drive on Saturday, March 27, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. It marked the most successful blood donation campaign hosted by a sports team in the Washington, D.C., area.
Donors received a limited edition Alexander Semin
bobblehead, a Semin jersey T-shirt. With special thanks to Washington Capitals partner SHARP, everyone who completed the screening process was entered into a drawing to win a 22” Sharp LCD-TV with built-in DVD player.
“What a phenomenal success! We far exceeded our goal and I could not be more proud, not only of the IBDS staff but also of the dedication of the Caps fans,” said Terri Craddock, director of Inova Blood Donor Services. “I want to thank the Washington Capitals for another great blood drive.”
The Caps will co-host another Inova blood drive Saturday, July 24, at Inova Blood Donor Services in Sterling, Va. All fans who attempt to donate will receive the next limited edition Capitals Blood Drive bobblehead and a Caps player jersey T-shirt. Check back at inova.org/donateblood.com and click Schedule an Appointment or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (866-256-6372) for more information and to make an appointment to donate.
One blood donation can save up to three lives, and the 609 units collected could help more than 1,827 local patients. There is an immediate need for most blood types. More than 200 blood and platelet donations are needed every day, year-round, by patients at the 15 hospitals served by Inova Blood Donor Services. Blood and platelets help many people, including trauma patients, surgery patients, newborn babies, cancer patients and transplant patients.
Inova Blood Donor Services collects blood at blood drives and four donor centers in Northern Virginia. To schedule an appointment call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or visit http://www.inova.org/donateblood