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.