CHRISTIANA, Del. – “What are you doing this summer?” The easy answer at Blood Bank of Delmarva is saving lives, and it’s also the theme of this year’s Summer Blood Drive! BBD is launching its 16th annual summer blood donation awareness campaign because, while the need for blood never takes a vacation, blood donations typically drop off during the warmer months.
BBD’s Summer Blood Drive kicks off on Monday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christiana Donor Center, 100 Hygeia Drive, Newark, DE 19713. The launch is open to the public. BBD will have tours and WJBR on location broadcasting live with Michael Waite. We’ll also recognize our honored guests and have remarks led by BBD Executive Director Michele Hart-Henry at 1 p.m.
Specials guests include New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, a blood donor; John Gentile, staff assistant for U.S. Senator Tom Carper, a longtime blood donor; Dr. Sherry Sixta, associate medical director of Christiana Care Health System’s Trauma Program; Michael Healy, director, Blood Bank Services at Christiana Care; blood recipient and accident survivor Elizabeth “Lee Lee” Cauffman (nee Jones) and her mother, Chris Melvin; longtime platelets donor and former blood recipient John Nanni; University of Delaware Chief Technology Officer Daniel Grim, a longtime platelets donor; and Seaford High School seniors Hannah Henderson and Sky Doughty, coordinators of the Seaford High blood drives; and Linda Wirt, St. Georges Technical High School Medical Assisting teacher and coordinator of the STG Blood Drives.
It takes over 70,000 people each year throughout the Delmarva Peninsula to meet the needs of patients in the 19 hospitals in our region and the need for blood never takes a summer break. Because when someone needs blood, it’s no vacation. This year’s Summer Blood Drive aims to collect more than 30,000 units of blood.
Donors who present to donate between May 21 and Sept. 11 will be automatically entered to win the grand prize, a trip for four to Disney World. To learn more, please visit summerblooddrive.com.
Members of the media are asked to please RSVP for the launch to Tony Prado at email@example.com. Thank you.
BBD serves all the hospitals in the Delmarva Peninsula with donor centers in Chadds Ford, Pa.; Christiana, Del.; Dover, Del. and Salisbury, Md. For more information, please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org.