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Capitals to Host Blood Drive

Postby JansenFan » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:49 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 19, 2009

Capitals to Host Blood Drive Saturday, Nov. 21, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Participants will receive Mike Green T-shirt, autographed photo

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have teamed up with the Inova Blood Donor Services to host their second-annual blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Last season the Caps Inova Blood Drive collected 415 units of blood from 462 Caps fans, the most successful blood donation campaign hosted by the Capitals.

The first 500 people to schedule an appointment and attempt to give blood that day will receive a Mike Green jersey T-shirt and an autographed photo. All donors will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets with suite level seating – nine pairs of tickets will be drawn.

“Donating blood makes a significant difference and helps save lives,” said Capitals defenseman Mike Green. “This is an important issue where everyone can help. I encourage all Caps fans to come out, participate and help others.” The Caps are also planning a spring blood drive for March 2010.

One blood donation can save up to three lives, and the 415 units collected last year helped more than 1,200 local patients. There is a continual need for all blood types. More than 200 blood and platelet donations are needed every day, year-round, for patients in area hospitals. Blood and platelets help many people, including trauma patients, surgery patients, newborn babies, cancer patients and transplant patients. Inova Blood Donor Services is the major supplier of blood products in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Donors can make an appointment now by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or sign up online at www.inova.org/donateblood. Click on the “Schedule an Appointment” button (on the right side), and use sponsor code 7441 or zip code 22203 to find the Capitals drive. Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be permitted to donate. There is limited space available – only the first 500 fans to sign up will be able to participate. 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 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the past eight weeks (56 days). There is a one week wait to donate after any tattoos or body piercings. There are other factors that may affect your eligibility to give blood; any questions can be answered by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES or by visiting www.inova.org/donateblood.


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 hemoglobin (iron level) are measured.

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Postby REDEEMEDSKIN » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:23 pm

Last year I attended the American Red Cross' Blood Drive in conjunction with the Caps. Here are a few notes from a longtime donor:

1) Do it. You'll be a life saver.

2) The Caps facilities are fun to be at. That was my first Time at the iceplex, and I came away really impressed.

3) The Caps arrange for good donation goodies (i.e. tshirt and autographed photo). You'll help a great cause, and get some great stuff as a bonus.

4) DRESS WARMLY. You will be giving up some blood, and you could get really cold.

5) Unless you followed #4, stick to regular blood donations and not the "DOUBLE DONATION" (ARC calls it "Double Reds") It takes twice as long, and the cold (again) intensifies the side effects.

Other than that, have a great time, and good luck winning the tickets. Those are GREAT odds of winning, btw!!!
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Postby JansenFan » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:26 pm

The best part is, instead of a needle, the get the blood by having Ovie check you into the boards at full speed. They don't care where the blood comes from, as long as it comes...
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Postby RedskinsFreak » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:27 pm

Wasn't there a bunch of blood-letting at FedEx yesterday? They could have come out there with a bucket and a ladle and hit the jackpot.
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Postby REDEEMEDSKIN » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:58 pm

RedskinsFreak wrote:Wasn't there a bunch of blood-letting at FedEx yesterday? They could have come out there with a bucket and a ladle and hit the jackpot.


Impossible! How can they collect blood from a team with no heart???!!! :cry:
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