Nationals, American Red Cross to host blood drive

The Nationals have partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at Nationals Park on Aug. 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.

This is the fifth year the two have teamed up for the event. Nationals right-hander  Jordan Zimmermann is the player representative for this blood drive. 

Zimmermann will record a PSA for radio and television and make an appearance at the blood drive, thanking fans for their support.

“It’s extremely good for the community and, basically, for everyone,” Zimmermann said.  “They are ultimately going to save someone’s life. It’s a really good thing. Hopefully, a lot of people will come out.”     

Fans may make appointments by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or by visiting www.my-redcross.org.

Currently only three out of every 100 Americans give blood. The goal is to collect over 250 pints of usable blood. The 2008 drive collected 176 pints of usable blood. 

Donors will receive a t-shirt, two tickets to an upcoming Nationals home game and the knowledge that they’ve helped save a life.

Participants will also be entered to win prizes including Nationals tickets, autographed memorabilia and a package including four PNC Diamond Club tickets and a BP field visit.
In addition to hosting blood drives at the ballpark, the Nationals visited the Red Cross facility in Northern Virginia during their 2007 Winter Caravan.

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