Come join us, Saturday February 28th for our Howard University Broadcasters for Blood Drive in Washington, D.C. We’ll be at Howard University Hospital (Freedman’s Hall), from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. collecting blood and supporting life!
Enjoy free food and prize raffles throughout the day, where personalities from local stations team up to help support lives! In addition to the giveaways all day, we will be holding a special grand prize raffle at the end of the day for an iPad Mini with a case and Bluetooth speakers!
This special Broadcasters for Blood event will focus on how you can honor Black History Month through blood donation. Sickle Cell Anemia awareness information will be on site to help reinforce how important blood and blood transfusions are for patients with the disease.
In the United States, it’s estimated that sickle cell anemia affects 70,000–100,000 people, mainly African Americans. The disease occurs in more than 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic American births. More than 2 million Americans have sickle cell trait. The condition occurs in about 1 in 12 African Americans. Those with the trait can still donate blood!
Pain crisis, a symptom of the sickle cell anemia, can be treated by blood transfusions. Donating blood is very important to local sickle cell patients (like those at in Richmond) and helps to improve their quality of life!
Did you know — The processes of blood collection, storage and transfusion owes a huge thanks to Dr. Charles Richard Drew, the African-American doctor who not only pioneered large-scale blood banks during World War II but also envisioned blood drives and the use of refrigerated “bloodmobiles.” Honor Dr. Drew by donating blood during February!
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*All participating donors at the event will be eligible to be entered into random drawings for both hourly and grand prize raffles. Prizes are subject to availability. Limit 1 (one) entry per raffle per participating donor. Gift cards and prizes are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. ITxM and Virginia Blood Services employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes. Must be 18 years of age to be eligible for the raffles. Your odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law.