GREENVILLE, Del. – The Delaware Museum of Nature & Science booked 16 donors at its Family Fun Day Blood Drive held on Saturday, June 24. This new drive was part of the museum’s Family Fun Day event which featured activities from more than a dozen community organizations, food trucks, and the opening of the summer exhibit, “Be the Astronaut.”

Individuals who signed up to donate received free admission to the museum for the day. Blood drive

coordinatorCathleen Perrotto, Senior Interpretation Manager at the museum, worked with Blood Bank of Delmarva Account Manager Gia Rivera to make this blood drive happen.  Delaware Museum of Nature & Science Director of Communications Jennifer Acord broadcast the blood drive on social media prior to the date and through the P.A. system on the day of event.

The blood drive attracted donors like Lucy Moise, who lives in Wilmington, and Rita Jean Carcillo, who was at the museum with her family when she heard the announcement about the blood drive. The former booked an appointment, while the latter was a walk in.

It was also a good blood drive for Sara Roettger. It has been eight weeks since she last donated, and she was due.

Sara has gotten back into donating regularly this year after she had a baby in April last year and was offline for a while.

“I’m O positive and my mom is O negative. She donates pretty religiously,” she said. “I said [to my husband], hey, I’m going to the blood drive at museum. So, my husband and son are inside, and I’ll meet them in a little bit.”

Thank you for coming out, Sara. And thank you to all our donors.

Blood Bank of Delmarva Director, Donor Resources Nicole Pineault said the blood drive ended up giving BBD 14 units of lifesaving red cell units at the close of business on Saturday. That was not bad for a novel event.