Summer Blood Drive starts  May 21

The Blood Bank of Delmarva, with donor centers in the Chadds Ford area, has scheduled its summer blood drive to begin Monday, May 21. The launch begins at 11 a.m. in the Christiana Donor Center, 100 Hygia Drive in Newark.

The launch is open to the public and BBD will have tours and WJBR on location broadcasting live with Michael Waite. The blood bank will also recognize our honored guests and have remarks led by BBD Executive Director Michele Hart-Henry at 1 p.m.

BBD begins its summer blood drive on May 21.

Special guests at the kickoff include New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, a blood donor; John Gentile, staff assistant for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, a longtime blood donor; Dr. Sherry Sixta, associate medical director of Christiana Care Health System’s Trauma Program; Michael Healy, director, Blood Bank Services at Christiana Care; blood recipient and accident survivor Elizabeth “Lee Lee” Cauffman (nee Jones) and her mother, Chris Melvin; longtime platelets donor and former blood recipient John Nanni; University of Delaware Chief Technology Officer Daniel Grim, a longtime platelets donor; and Seaford High School seniors Hannah Henderson and Sky Doughty, coordinators of the Seaford High blood drives.

While the need for blood never takes a vacation, blood donations typically drop off during the warmer months. It takes over 70,000 people each year throughout the Delmarva Peninsula to meet the needs of patients in the 19 hospitals in our region and the need for blood never takes a summer break. Because when someone needs blood, it’s no vacation. This year’s Summer Blood Drive aims to collect more than 30,000 units of blood.

Donors who present to donate between May 21 and Sept. 11 will be automatically entered to win the grand prize, a trip for four to Disney World. To learn more, please visit

BBD serves all the hospitals in the Delmarva Peninsula with donor centers in Chadds Ford, Pa.; Christiana, Del.; Dover, Del. and Salisbury, Md. For more information, please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit

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