Nats Host Blood Drive June 12

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | 6/10/2010 03:09:00 PM | , | 0 comments »

Donating Blood = Saves Lives  

During the 2009 Nats Inova Blood Drive, 252 total units of blood were collected from 270 Nats fans.


WHAT: INOVA and Washington Nationals Blood Drive

WHERE: Nationals Park Conference Center - 1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC  20009

WHEN: Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(*Note: Second blood drive will be Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 8am-2pm)

PARKING: Parking will be available in Lot C, located on First and N Street SE. From there, fans can walk around the ballpark and enter through the Third Base Gate.

HOW: Donors can make an appointment now by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or sign up online at 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.

WHY:  The gift of life.  And as a bonus: All donors to give blood that day will receive two tickets to an  upcoming Nationals home game, a limited edition Build-A-Bear bloodhound and can participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals park.  

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 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.

One blood donation can save up to three lives and there is an immediate 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.