Eagles host blood drive with American Red Cross during COVID-19 pandemic

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Doug Pederson wore a trucker hat and an Eagles face mask on Thursday as he gave blood at a community blood drive hosted by the Eagles and the American Red Cross. 

The blood drive was held in the Touchdown Club at Lincoln Financial Field and, according to a release from the Eagles, the drive screened 100 donors and collected 74 pints of blood. That blood has the potential to help up to 222 patients. 

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said over 70 Eagles employees and their families gave blood on Thursday. 

“This drive comes at a critical time where the need for blood is at an all-time high, so we are proud to offer our assistance to the Red Cross in meeting that demand and helping to replenish the nation’s blood supply,” Lurie said in the release. 

“We are all deeply inspired and touched by the community’s rapid response to this lifesaving service, which meets the everyday needs of patients in our hospitals. We were all witnesses to the very best of humanity thanks to the collective effort and support of everyone involved.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country, the need for blood is critical right now. 

Back on March 21, the Red Cross said that in a three-week span, 7,000 of their blood drives had been canceled because of the coronavirus spread. That led to 200,000 fewer donations and an increased need for blood. 

“Many thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles for stepping up to host this community blood drive and to the amazing fans who generously came out to donate,” Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Region CEO Guy Triano said in a statement. “Your commitment helps ensure that hospital patients across the region will continue to have access to the vital treatments they need. Thanks for being part of our lifesaving team.” 

According to the release, Thursday’s blood drive was held in accordance with social distancing guidelines. The size of the area and the number of participants allowed the drive to happen. 

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