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Washington Capitals Blood Drive Yields Nearly 200 Units of Blood

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – February 6, 2006 – The Washington Capitals teamed up with the American Red Cross and 94.7 The Arrow Classic Rock to host their first blood drive at the Caps game Friday, Feb. 3, at MCI Center. Thanks to extraordinary support from Caps fans, the drive was a remarkable success. Two hundred and fifty people attempted to donate and the Red Cross was able to collect 184 productive units of blood. That was nearly double the goal of 100 units the Red Cross had set for the Capitals blood drive.

Fans were exceptionally good-spirited as many had to wait hours to donate due to the high turn out. However, Capitals players Matt Bradley and Steve Eminger both stopped by the drive to sign autographs and talk to donors. Donors also received two tickets to the March 6 Caps game against the Islanders.
“I can’t believe how many people are here,” said Eminger. “It’s inspiring to see our fans get behind something so important.”
With the 184 units of blood donated at the Capitals blood drive more than 550 lives will be saved.
“The success of the Washington Capitals blood drive not only illustrates the team’s connection with their community, but the dedication and charitable nature of their fans,” said Shaun Adamec, director of marketing and communications for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We look forward to working with the Washington Capitals for many years to come.”
If you were not able to participate in the Capitals blood drive, but would like to donate, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to find out about upcoming drives.
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