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Blood drive fills need in OC during shoulder season

(Jan. 8, 2015) Blood Bank of Delmarva’s OC Cares Blood Drive will return on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.
“Blood donations can slow during the winter months, which makes the OC Cares Blood Drive so crucial to the members of the surrounding community,” said Michael Waite, BBD director of marketing and community relations.
This year marks the 17th time that Ocean City and BBD have teamed up to host the blood drive. Since its inception, BBD has collected blood from 7,576 donors at this event, and BBD expects – and needs – at least 500 donors to sign up this year.
“With this one blood drive, residents of Ocean City and its surrounding areas can help supply the blood needs of the hospitals on the shore during a critical time of year,” said Suzanne Murray, BBD account executive.
In past years, the drive was held on two days; this year’s drive has been condensed to one day with extended hours to better meet donors’ schedules. Everyone who signs up to donate blood receives a chance to win a flat screen TV, as well as other prizes. The blood drive will be housed in the Dockside Hall, which offers donors a beautiful view of the bay.
“It’s great to see the whole community come together to help support the blood drive,” Murray said.
In fact, Ocean City supports its many employees who wish to come donate blood during the drive, and members of the Ocean Pines Kiwanis Club have also volunteered their time and assistance to work that day.
Many local businesses will be providing free refreshments for donors to enjoy in the canteen after donating blood, including pizza from Dough Roller, donuts from Wawa, chocolates and candy from Candy Kitchen and Wockenfuss, brownies from Applebee’s and coffee and hot tea from Centerplace Catering. The Worcester County Girl Scouts have also donated 15 cases of cookies.
Because the need for blood remains constant to ensure an adequate supply for patients during the winter, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment. Every blood donation can save up to three lives in the community. Walk-in donors are welcome.
To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8.