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Blood Drive at Wachovia Center on Saturday

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia sports fans often say they bleed the color of their favorite team. Now, they can prove it by donating blood at the Wachovia Center on Saturday, January 24 from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. during a day-long blood drive. Everyone who donates blood will receive a free replica jersey from their favorite Comcast-Spectacor team, including the Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Phantoms and Wings.

 
“The American Red Cross is a tremendous partner to Comcast-Spectacor and we are encouraging our fans to join us for a day-long blood drive at the Wachovia Center and help the American Red Cross,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko.
 
“We thank Comcast-Spectacor for helping to save lives in the community, and hope to turn many fans into life-saving blood donors,” said Brigid O'Neill-LaGier, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region. “The upcoming blood drive (January 24) is vitally important to build a supply of blood that will help safeguard against a winter blood shortage.”
 
Fans are asked to kindly make an appointment in advance by contacting the American Red Cross at pleasegiveblood.org or by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
 
Most healthy people who are at least 17-years-old and weigh 110-pounds or more are eligible to donate whole blood every 56 days. In January of 2008, a law went into effect in the state of Pennsylvania that allows 16-year-old donors to donate blood with parental or legal guardian written consent.
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