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Capitals to Host Blood Drive Saturday, Feb. 28, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex andThe Gardens Ice House

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have teamed up with the American Red Cross to host their fourth-annual blood drive on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the blood drive expands to two locations: Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., and The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md. Every fan that participates will receive a limited edition Peter Bondra bobblehead and the first 500 fans who attempt to give blood that day will receive two tickets to an upcoming, predetermined Caps game this season. To ensure tickets, we recommend making your appointment for earlier in the day. Participants who do not receive game tickets will be eligible to enter a drawing for autographed Caps memorabilia. Peter Bondra will also stop by the Kettler Capitals Iceplex drive to thank donors and sign autographs.

“Because of the support of the Capitals organization and their dedicated fans, we are expecting this blood drive to be one of the largest single-day blood drives in the Region,” says Gary J. Ouellette, chief executive officer for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. “Every day, we need to collect nearly 1,200 units of blood to meet the needs of patients in our community, and this blood drive is expected to bring 500 donations! That is a true testament to the generosity of Capitals fans in our community, and their support comes at a time of year when collections typically decline due to bad weather and icy conditions.”
Donors are urged to make an appointment now by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or sign up online for the Kettler Capitals Iceplex drive by CLICKING HERE or The Gardens Ice House drive by CLICKING HERE. Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be permitted to donate. All donors who schedule an appointment by Feb. 20 will receive a confirmation card via mail which they will need to bring with them when checking in for their appointment. Donors who do not receive a confirmation in advance will receive one at registration. Fans need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled donation time. The entire donation process takes approximately one hour.
To give blood, you must be feeling generally well on the day of your donation, be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent in Virginia and Maryland), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the past eight weeks (56 days). You should not have had any tattoos or body piercings in the 12 months prior to your donation. There are other factors that may affect your eligibility to give blood; any questions can be answered by calling 1-800 GIVE LIFE or by visiting
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.
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