Team effort in record blood drive - Philadelphia News

January 24, 2009 8:35:06 PM PST
Nearly 2,000 people answered the call for the annual Red Cross blood drive at the Wachovia Center today. Hundreds of Red Cross blood donors converged on the Wachovia Center this day. Many give blood several times a year, but for others it was the first time.

Their incentive, besides helping the Red Cross, was a free replica jersey from the 76ers, Flyers, Phantoms and Wings.

"I've been wanting to do it and we've been coming to the Flyers games, and when they announced, I thought it was time to do it," Linda Werkstill of Wilmington said.

"The last time I tried to donate, I couldn't, I was sick, so I wanted to donate and there's a free jersey, so why not," Courntey Hopkins of Manayunk said.

This was the third annual blood drive featuring the sports franchises contributions to the cause. Philadelphia sports fans who bleed the color of their teams could not have been happier with today's blood drive.

"I am a regular blood donor; I was in the military and I give the blood in the military and also they're giving out the jersey, so that's an incentive," Bruce Bentley of Aston said.

Red Cross officials expect to collect 1,500 units today, an all time high for the Delaware Valley on one given day's drive.

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