Nats Host Blood Drive August 27

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | 8/14/2011 10:45:00 PM | , , | 0 comments »

Donating Blood = Saves Lives  


WHAT: INOVA and Washington Nationals Blood Drive

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

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 7665 to find the Nationals 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 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.