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Capitals to Host Blood Drive Jan. 27 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

January 17, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 17, 2018

Capitals to Host Blood Drive Jan. 27 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

Blood Drive Participants will receive a Jakub Vrana bobblehead and Capitals T-Shirt as Thank You

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Inova Blood Donor Services will host a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Appointments are required.

Donors at the blood drive on Jan. 27 will receive a voucher good for one (1) bobblehead of forward Jakub Vrana as well as a Capitals T-Shirt.

In addition each donor will receive a co-branded Capitals and Inova Blood Donor Services plastic pint glass with a voucher good for one (1) complimentary pint of Shellraiser Orange or soft drink at The Greene Turtle located at Capital One Arena as well as a voucher for two (2) complimentary skate rentals at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for a donors only skate on the Capitals practice rink. A date for the donors skate will be announced later this season and will feature the opportunity for donors to redeem their bobblehead voucher.

Capitals alumnus Peter Bondra and Red Rockers will make an appearance at the blood drive, signing autographs and posing for pictures. In addition there will be an hourly drawing featuring autographed items and tickets.

More than 250 units of blood and blood products are needed every day, year-round, for patients in area hospitals. 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. It is used to help trauma patients, surgery patients, newborn babies, cancer patients and transplant patients.

Donors can make an appointment now by calling 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372) or by signing up online on the Inova Blood Donor Services website. All donors are asked to arrive at their scheduled appointment time.

In order to make each donation go further, donors who know their blood type can select a specific donation type of double red cells, platelets and/or plasma based on the current needs of our community. If you have a blood type of O+, O-, A-, or B-, please be open to a donation type of double red cells. If you have a blood type of A+, AB+, AB-, or B+, please be open to a donation of platelets and/or plasma. By choosing a donation method that matches up with your blood type, we can make a maximum impact in the community. If you have questions regarding why one donation type is more beneficial for your blood type, please call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372).

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 not have donated double red cells in the past 16 weeks (112 days). For more information about eligibility requirements call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit

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.

Inova Blood Donor Services is the major supplier of blood products in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.