By Mark Shuller - Email
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) – Blood donors can help save the lives of local patients and make the holidays brighter for local troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati will host the 2nd Annual Hero2Hero Blood Drives on Wed., Nov. 10, Thurs. Nov. 11 and Fri. Nov. 12. For each blood donation given in honor of Veterans Day, Hoxworth will send a holiday care package to a local man or woman serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"In 2009, we held the inaugural Hero2Hero Blood Drive, which was held on Nov. 11. We had such an overwhelming response, we have decided to extend the drive from one day to three days this year, allowing us to save more lives and reach more of our troops with a special care package," said Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson.
Hoxworth has once again partnered with Operation: Thank You, a local organization which supports troops and their families, to continue this program. In addition to Operation: Thank You, Team Venture, 6th grade students at Mason Intermediate School, will be collecting non-perishable items (on Friday, Nov. 19) to place in the care packages.
Carol Alexander, who leads the Ohio chapter of Operation: Thank You, said the care packages mean a great deal to troops in harm's way: "We encourage everyone to join us in this effort to give the gift of life through blood donation, and a gift of friendship from home to our troops," Alexander said.
In addition, a holiday card will be provided to each blood donor to sign and include in the care package. Care package contents were recommended by Operation: Thank You and may include the following: batteries, instant oatmeal packets, instant drink mixes, disposable razors, canned soups/stews/chili, personal care items, gum, candy, peanut butter, and more.