Sunday, August 17, 2008
Save-A-Life Saturday Blood Drive
Saturday August 16th, 2008 was Save-A-Life Saturday Blood Drive Day at New Nationals Park. From 8AM until 2PM Our Washington Nationals provided the facility and teamed up with The American Red Cross so this well known Service Organization could receive blood donations from many willing participants in Washington, DC and the surrounding Metro Area. From 8AM until 2PM--patrons could enter New Nationals Park from the Third Base Entrance on South Capitol Street. From there, American Red Cross Representatives would escort the volunteers to Conference Room 3--just outside The Stars & Stripes Club on the Party Suite Level of the new ballpark.
Not only could donors schedule their times in advance of showing up, but any walk ups were welcome as well. As an added bonus--those willing to give blood for Save-A-Life Saturday were given a White American Red Cross Tee-Shirt and Two Free Tickets to an upcoming September Home Game of Our Washington Nationals.
Our Manager Manny Acta was on hand for nearly one hour--greeting and speaking to donors, thanking them for their patronage. Our Number 14 always understanding that Our Baseball Team can provide more to the community than just the action on the field. And Our Washington Nationals can play a leading role to get people involved. As always--"The Most Charismatic Of Men" was happy to be in attendance and made every effort to speak with all the donors on hand during the time he was there. In fact, Manny Acta was terrific with--everyone.
Later Ryan Zimmerman followed Manny in setting the right example. For nearly another hour, Our Number 11 greeted the many donors, signed autographs and provided even more fun for the many Kids, Donors and American Red Cross Members at this well received and necessary event.
All Donors gave one pint of blood. Last season, during a similar drive at RFK Stadium, The 2007 Save-A-Life Saturday Blood Drive with Our Washington Nationals received 140 Pints of Useable Blood. When the 2008 Numbers are finalized, I will report the tally.
Also, My Best Friend!! Screech!!! posted up to thank everyone as well. Of course, Screech always there for the kids--even the adult ones.
As stated many times here on Nats320, Our Washington Nationals are more than just a Major League Baseball Team. Through Community Service Involvement, they can help provide assistance for so much more. Thankfully, Our Team seems to understand that, and the uses their name and their resources to help out--throughout the Washington, DC Area.
Good for them--for their continuing support in Our Communities.