Airport Blood Drive Nets Enough Blood to Save 210 Lives
By DeAllous Smith
Nearly 210 lives may have been saved with the amount of blood donated during a five-hour period of a recent Airport-wide blood drive.
The final count from the American Red Cross showed aviation employees donated a total of 70 pints of blood and exceeded the Airport’s goal of collecting 68 pints blood during the third annual blood drive. Donors represented workers from all areas of the aviation industry.
“We appreciate the support from our employees during this very important event,” said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. “The ability to save one life is truly amazing, but knowing that 210 people will get a second chance at life is quite an accomplishment.”
The Airport held the blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross and The AeroClinic. There is a critical need for all blood types. The American Red Cross receives 80 percent of blood donations at blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship and military installations.
For more information on where to donate blood, contact the American Red Cross at (800) 448-3543, or visit its Web site, www.givebloodredcross.org to make an appointment.
For more information about Airport initiatives, visit Hartsfield-Jackson’s Web site at www.atlanta-airport.com.
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