Hundreds of New York Giants Fans Set to Donate Blood During Annual
Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region
East Rutherford, NJ (Aug. 21, 2013) - The New York Football Giants are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host their 3rd Annual blood drive presented by Bob’s Discount Furniture on Sunday, August 25th from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at MetLife Stadium.
All presenting donors will receive a Special Event Giants t-shirt, a collectable photo opportunity and interact with many Giants legends that are in attendance. Those scheduled to appear throughout the day include George Martin, Jessie Armstead, Kareem McKenzie, Jim Burt and Joe Morris. Free parking will also be available for all donors at the event.
While our days may be filled with family vacations and summer activities, there are patients in hospitals counting on blood and platelet donations. Each day the Red Cross needs 17,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. While the need for blood never goes away, blood and platelet donors do in the summer. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospital patients need. This could add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
“The Red Cross hopes Giants fans will join us in making the commitment to help save lives by coming out to donate blood,” Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division said. “Due to hectic schedules and busy summer travel plans, blood donations can decline during this time of year. However, it is the perfect time of year to show your support and give back to the community.”
Throughout the day, numerous randomly selected blood donors will win autographed NY Giants items and even have the chance to walk away with a brand new reclining chair provided by Bob’s Discount Furniture.
Bob Kaufman and Cathy Poulin of Bob’s Discount Furniture will make special guest appearances. In addition to sponsoring the event, Bob’s Discount Furniture is generously donating 20 recliners to be raffled off throughout the event. Bob’s Discount Furniture has donated the furniture to thank generous blood donors and also to support a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.
Fans will also be able to tour the Legacy Club presented by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a Giants’ interactive team museum, which includes artefacts from throughout the team’s history, including the team’s Super Bowl and NFC Championship trophies, as well as a brand new display dedicated to the team’s 2011 championship season.
While walk-ins are welcome, blood donors are highly encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance to help minimize wait times and to ensure they have ample time for photo opportunities.
A limited number of appointments are available, so please visit redcrossblood.org/NYG13 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and schedule your appointment NOW!
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodPJ.
About the New York Giants
A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. With eight championships, including a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, their second in five seasons, the Giants are the only franchise in the NFL with a Super Bowl victory in each of the last four decades. Headquartered at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants enter their 89th season of play this fall. www.giants.com
About Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
Through the Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and Bob’s Outreach program, Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin and all of Bob's Discount Furniture employees support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and charitable contributions. For over 15 years Bobs Discount Furniture has partnered with the American Red Cross in New England and has through direct in store blood drives raised over 21,000 productive units and over 8,000 units through a blood mobile donated in 2006. Among the many other supported charities are Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, National Conference for Community Justice, The Johan Santana Foundation, The Andrus Children Center and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. For more information about the foundation and Bob's Discount Furniture, visit http://bobscares.org.
*prizes are nontransferable and not redeemable for cash. All scheduled appearances are subject to change.