American Red Cross
National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region
Media Contact: Ashley Henyan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Give Blood in Memory of Wendi Winters
10th Memorial drive to surpass 2,000 pints collected in the late journalist’s honor
Annapolis, MD, January 23, 2023— June 28, 2018 marked a somber day in Annapolis history, when five journalists who worked at the Capital Gazette Newspaper were killed in a shooting rampage. Wendi Winters, a “proud Navy mom,” church youth adviser, Girl Scout troop leader and Red Cross volunteer was among those taken too soon.
Wendi dedicated much of her life to serving those who needed help. As a Red Cross volunteer, she educated the public on the critical need for blood and platelet transfusions for those undergoing cancer treatment, for sickle cell anemia patients and for trauma and accident victims being rushed to emergency rooms across the DMV. She also coordinated regular blood drives in her Red Cross volunteer role. With nearly 2,000 pints donated in her honor to date, on February 11th Wendi’s legacy of service continues. Join in three days before Valentine’s Day and bring a “Plus One” with you to give blood and help save lives in Wendi Winter’s memory at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis.
How to Sign Up
Schedule your appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org and entering the sponsor code ForWendi.
Donate at the 10th Wendi Winters Memorial Blood Drive
February 11, 2023
8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Arundel Ballroom
173 Jennifer Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Warm Heart, Warm Thoughts
Give in February 2023 for a $10 Gift Card* by email, thanks to Amazon. And, automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Clearwater Beach, Florida. Includes travel, hotel, gift card and more!**
How to Donate Blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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