LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins and Inova Blood Donor Services will host a blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Inova Blood Donor Services Donor Center in Sterling, Va.
All presenting donors will receive a 2018 Redskins regular season game ticket and a limited edition Redskins T-shirt (while supplies last). Each presenting donor will also have the opportunity to meet Redskins Alumni and will have the chance to win autographed merchandise and other great door prizes.
Fans are encouraged to sign up early with family and friends. For appointments for the blood drive, visit www.redskins.com/donateblood or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372). All donors are asked to arrive at their scheduled appointment time.
WHERE: Inova Blood Donor Services Donor Center in Sterling, Va.
45745 Nokes Boulevard, Suite #160 Sterling, Va. 20166
WHEN: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
More than 250 units of blood and blood products are needed every day, year-round, for patients in area hospitals. Inova Blood Donor Services supplies the majority of hospitals in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metro area with lifesaving blood and blood products, including military facilities. One blood donation can save up to three lives, and there is a continual need for all blood types. There is no substitute for human blood. It only comes from volunteer blood donors and is used to help trauma patients, surgery patients, newborn babies, cancer patients and transplant patients.
To give blood, donors must be feeling generally well on the day of their donation, be at least 16 years old (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood in the past eight weeks (56 days) for whole blood or 112 days for double red cells. Photo ID is required. Allow one hour for your blood donation. Allow 90 to 120 minutes for your platelet or plasma donation. Platelet donors should not take aspirin or aspirin-based products within 48 hours prior to donation.
Aspects of each potential donor's health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, blood pressure and hemoglobin (iron level) are measured. For more information about eligibility requirements call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit www.inovablood.org.