The Fox43 blood drive collected 89 units of blood to save local lives
YORK, Pa. (March 30, 2017) – The Red Cross partnered with Fox43 to host a very successful blood drive on March 23, 2017, at the York Jewish Community Center.
The drive started at 10 a.m. and ended by 5 p.m. Thanks to Fox43, the community support and participation was enormous.
“Giving back and serving our community is what it’s all about and we at Fox43 are all about. We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Red Cross to help with the mission of helping to save lives,” said Christopher Garrett, Special Events Coordinator at Fox43.
The Fox43 drive with the Red Cross collected 89 units of blood. A single donation of a pint of blood can potentially save as many as three lives, which means the Fox43 team who sponsored this drive and the donors who generously gave could save as many as 267 lives!
“We are so pleased with how many people came to donate blood, and with how smoothly everything went,” said Bonnie Rill of the Red Cross.
Donors had almost no wait times to give blood inside the community center or outside on the Red Cross blood mobile. Fox43 anchors, producers, and management were on site to meet donors and even donate blood themselves. After giving blood, donors were rewarded with snacks, Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, and gifts from the Fox43 team.
“This is activism at its best,” said Regina Boothe Bratton, External Communications Manager at the Red Cross. “Blood donation is so important. Something that seems so simple can save multiple lives.”
“Eligible donors who are type O negative were encouraged to donate as well as donors with type AB blood were urged to donate plasma; as there is a critical need right now for those universal blood products,” Boothe Bratton added. “The York, Pennsylvania community answered the call! We are so thankful for the generous donors and volunteers – the heroes - who make our lifesaving work possible.”
Eligible donors are urged to partner with the American Red Cross. Make an appointment to donate at http://www.redcrossblood.org. Enter your zip code and find a drive or donation center near you. Again, a single donation could save more than one life. If you cannot donate blood, join us and become a volunteer at http://www.redcrossblood.org/volunteer. The Red Cross could not fulfill its lifesaving mission without its generous donors and volunteers.