By: Krista Cantwell, Community Outreach Intern
On Saturday, July 27, the Cleveland Browns partnered with the American Red Cross for the 13th annual Cleveland Browns Blood Drive.
The Cleveland Browns Blood Drive was a success and exceeded the American Red Cross’ goal! A total of 854 donors gave blood on Saturday, and the American Red Cross collected 759 productive pints. According to the American Red Cross, each pint has the potential to help three patients, so this year’s Cleveland Browns Blood Drive could impact over 2,250 lives!
Christy Sabaka, the Communications Program Manager for the American Red Cross, is appreciative of the partnership with the Browns and said, “The Browns’ Blood Drives have become a vital part of meeting patient needs in the summer.”
The Annual Cleveland Browns Blood Drive comes at a vital time for the American Red Cross. The organization recently issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors after donations were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. This year, fourteen different collection sites were available throughout Northeast Ohio for people to donate blood to the American Red Cross.
As a reward for donating blood, each registered donor received two upper-level tickets to the Browns’ preseason game against the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 8, a commemorative t-shirt, and the chance to win Browns memorabilia.
Donors also had the opportunity to meet, collect autographs, and take photos with the Browns’ mascot, Chomps, and three Browns alumni, including *Dave Wohlabaugh in Strongsville, Dick Schafrath in Wooster, and Hanford Dixon in Berea.
The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that exists to provide compassionate care for those in need and is always searching for volunteers and blood donors.
To learn more about the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.
*Dave Wohlabaugh played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, from 1999 to 2002, as a center, Dick Schafrath is a former offensive linemen who played 13 seasons with Browns, from 1959 to 1971, and played a role in defeating the Baltimore Colts in the 1964 NFL Championship; and Hanford Dixon played nine seasons with the Browns, from 1981 to 1989, as a cornerback and is credited for naming the Browns’ “Dawg Pound” after barking back to his teammate Frank Minnifield.