Steelers host holiday blood drive

The Pittsburgh Steelers Host

Annual Holiday Blood Drive

Central Blood Bank and the Pittsburgh Steelers have partnered to save lives.

PITTSBURGH–-Dec. 22, 2010–-Central Blood Bank and the Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their Annual Holiday Blood Drive for Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at Heinz Field from

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Throughout the drive, current and former Steelers players and staff will be on hand to personally thank the donors who participate.

The Steelers and Central Blood Bank held two drives earlier this season during Steelers Fan Blitz in April and Steelers Training Camp in August.  These drives collected more than 400 units of blood.  Since each unit of blood can save up to three area lives, more than 1,000 patients in the Pittsburgh area were helped by the volunteer blood donors at Steelers-sponsored drives.

"Partnering with the Pittsburgh Steelers has been a positive experience for Central Blood Bank," said Kent Oesterich, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Central Blood Bank.  "The units collected at Steelers drives have helped us maintain the community blood supply for patients at local hospitals who need blood transfusions."

All participating donors at the drive will receive a one-of-a-kind T-shirt and entry into random drawings for autographed Steelers merchandise and tickets to events at Heinz Field, including a Steelers 2011 home game, the Kenny Chesney July 2 concert and the Bridgestone Winter Classic on New Year's Day.  Free parking will be available for donors in Gold Lot 1A.  Individuals who are interested in donating at this event should call Central Blood Bank at 412-

209-7080.  Appointments can also by made by logging on to www.centralbloodbank.org and clicking on My Personal Donation History.  Donors can search for the drives with group code M022 or group name Steelers.

Donor Criteria

Blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health.  Proper ID is required to donate blood.  A Central Blood Bank or military ID, driver's license, or employee badge with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID.

Central Blood Bank

Established in 1951, Central Blood Bank is a Pittsburgh-based not-for-profit organization providing blood products and related transfusion services to more than 40 hospitals in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, and Washington counties in Pennsylvania, as well as selected communities in northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.  For more information on Central Blood Bank, visit www.centralbloodbank.org or call 1-866-DONORS-1.

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