According to Inova Blood Donor Services, which supports 90 percent of the area’s hospitals, seven out of the eight blood types are critically needed. Here’s how you can help.
When a Northern Virginia boy had a serious accident in 2017 involving a knife, more than 80 blood donors helped save his life. Now, some of those local donors got that rare opportunity to find out how their donations were used. See photos.
Inova Blood Donor Services and the American Red Cross said they need donations from a more diverse donor pool. “We are actively recruiting minority blood donors,” said an American Red Cross spokeswoman.
More than 800 donors are already signed up, but even if you don’t have an appointment you can still donate.
Those who donate blood over the next couple of days at specific Northern Virginia sites will be eligible to win a pair of tickets to either Saturday’s or Monday’s games at Capital One Arena in D.C.
The largest distributor of donated blood in the D.C. area says they’re facing “a critical shortage of every blood type.”
Saturday’s blood drive at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, was one of several sports-themed drives that Inova holds every year. See photos of the event.
Area hospitals are making an urgent plea to increase blood supplies in order to prepare for potential emergencies during the inauguration weekend.
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