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Capitals to Host Blood Drive on Jan. 4

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Dewar’s 12 Clubhouse at Verizon Center Thursday, Jan. 4, from noon-6 p.m. Every fan who 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.

 
“I encourage all Caps fans to come out and participate,” said Capitals goaltender and blood drive spokesman Olie Kolzig. “Donating blood makes a significant difference and helps save lives.”
 
This holiday season has brought blood inventory shortages due to donor vacations, cold weather and other factors.  The demand for donated blood is constant. All blood types are needed on a daily basis. Currently, a particular shortage exists for type O and type B blood.
 
“It is absolutely critical that the local blood supply be adequately fulfilled throughout the holiday season,” said Gary J. Ouellette, CEO of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region.  “Today’s rate of blood donations is not enough to meet the current local patient need and maintain an adequate community reserve.”
 
Donors are urged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment for the Caps blood drive on Jan. 4. The Red Cross will also be signing up donors at section 104 on the main concourse at the Capitals games on Dec. 27 against the Montreal Canadiens and Jan. 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Walk-ups the day of the drive are welcome anytime between noon and 6 p.m. at the F Street entrance of Verizon Center. Appointments are not necessary but are preferred. Please note that the entire donation process takes approximately one hour.
 
For more information on the Washington Capitals blood drive and rules for donating blood, please contact Elizabeth Wodatch, community relations manager, at ewodatch@washcaps.com.
 
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