PawSox and Rhode Island Blood Center to Host Second Annual 9/11 Blood Drive at McCoy Stadium

By Pawtucket Red Sox | September 1, 2017 10:08 AM

For the second year in a row, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rhode Island Blood Center are teaming up on September 11 to host a "Day of Remembrance" Blood Drive in the Visiting Clubhouse at McCoy Stadium. The drive will take place from 1:00pm-8:30pm, and fans who donate blood will receive a $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card and a PawSox Baseball Cap. 

Last year on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, members of the PawSox community set a club record by donating 71 units of blood for the Rhode Island Blood Center at McCoy Stadium. PawSox blood drives in past years had garnered less than a dozen units.

"When America was attacked on 9-11, it affected us, unified us, and inspired us to do what we could to help," said PawSox President Dr. Charles A. Steinberg. "The PawSox commemorate this spirit with our annual 'Day of Remembrance' Blood Drive, when again, we come together as a community to do what we can--this time to save the lives of our friends and neighbors."

There are over 370,000 people in Rhode Island who are eligible to donate blood, but only about 5% of the state's population donates on a regular basis. Over 200 units of blood are needed each day by the RIBC, which is where people in the PawSox Community can make a difference.

"It's important for more people to begin donating blood and try to give as often as possible," said Kara LeBlanc, Communications Manager of the Rhode Island Blood Center. "Unfortunately, we live in a world where disasters happen too frequently. Because blood donations take two days to test and process, it is the blood on the shelves from regular donors that save lives."

Fans who donate blood will also be able to take photos on the field, and take a trip down the PawSox Hall of History.

For more information, please contact PawSox Director of Communications and Community Relations, Joe Bradlee, at jbradlee@pawsox.com

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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