Gables restaurant to host blood drive

The Gables Restaurant on Route 1 in Pennsbury Township is opening its doors on Monday, Aug. 21 to blood donors. The restaurant is normally closed on Mondays, but owner Ann Kolenick said she wanted to do something to help generate blood donations because of a friend.

The blood drive is in honor of Timothy "Timmy" Gaige. Timothy died in June from complications of B cell lymphoma. He was the husband of one of Kolenick's long-time friends.

"When I learned he was sick they were living in Washington D.C., and I felt like I couldn't do anything to help," Kolenick said. "I gave platelets, but I thought I could do more."

In her search to do more, she went to the American Red Cross website and saw the idea of hosting a blood drive. She immediately thought of The Gable's banquet room as a possible location.

Though it's too late to help her friend's husband, "It was a nice way for me to help out," she said.

To take part in the drive, would-be donors need to first make an appointment. They can do that by going to either The Gable's website or Facebook page or contact the American Red Cross. They can also call the restaurant at 610-388-7700 and ask for either Ann or Nicole.

The goal is to get 60 donors. Red Cross personnel will be on hand with all necessary equipment to draw the blood.

According to the American Red Cross, all patient needs could not be met without the voluntary help from the community.


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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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