This past Saturday, the Cleveland Browns, in partnership with the American Red Cross, hosted the annual Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive at 12 sites in Northeast Ohio.
To show support, six Browns alumni DB Ben Davis, CB Hanford Dixon, QB Dave Mays, RB Cleo Miller, RB Greg Pruitt and LB Frank Stams visited select locations to thank and interact with blood drive donors. The annual Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive continues to be among the largest blood drives supporting Northeast Ohio.
"Giving blood is extremely important in the summer months, there is a decline in donors and there is currently a blood emergency. This blood drive is one of the top of American Red Cross in terms of the pints collected," Christine Peters from American Red Cross said. These blood drives were crucial in helping to restock shelves to meet the needs of patients.
Browns alumni such as Hanford Dixon, Ben Davis and Greg Pruitt greeted fans who stopped by to give blood at the Annual Browns Give Back Blood Drive. #give10
Every two seconds in the U.S., someone is in need of blood. Browns alumni showed their support by expressing how a blood donation can make a difference. RB Greg Pruitt said, "You never know when you will be in need of blood, and if you have ever needed blood, then you know how important the services are."
Not only are Browns alumni in full support, but so are current players David Njoku and Duke Johnson Jr., who encouraged fans through video messages to sign up for an appointment to donate. They were instrumental in getting the word out to Browns fans of this signature opportunity to #give10 and donate blood.
The partnership with the Cleveland Browns and American Red Cross draws many participants. The American Red Cross looks forward to this blood drive every year and individuals travel from all around because of how much fans love the Browns.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual First and Ten Blood Drive! Final results are in with a total of 554 pints of blood being collected, surpassing our goal of 509 and potentially impacting 1,662 patients from Northeast Ohio. By giving blood, fans are naturally helping the community – a key component part of the Browns First and Ten movement – and are helping those in need in our community.