The Washington Capitals and Inova Blood Donor Services collected 415 units of blood at their fall blood drive at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 25. With the overwhelming support of 462 Caps fans, the drive marked the most successful blood donation campaign hosted by the Capitals.
Capitals player Peter Bondra took time to sign autographs for donors, who also received two free Caps tickets and a limited edition Caps alternate logo jersey T-shirt. Miss Virginia Tara Wheeler also took time to greet donors.
“We are really excited to have had the chance to join forces with the Washington Capitals organization and their fans,” said Terri Craddock, director of Inova Blood Donor Services. “I think it was a great experience for everyone involved, and a lot of lives will be touched because of the people who came out today and donated at this drive.”
One blood donation can save up to three lives, and the 415 units collected could help more than 1,200 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 five donor centers
in Northern Virginia. To schedule an appointment call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or visit http://www.inova.org/blood_donor