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May 15, 2009

CW, City of Williamsburg co-sponsor American Red Cross Services Mayor's Cup Blood Drive

Colonial Williamsburg joins the City of Williamsburg June 11 to sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 401 N. Boundary St.
To compete for the Mayor’s Cup, participating cities in the Hampton Roads area must host at least one blood drive in June. The city that has the largest percentage of participation at their blood drive will win the Mayor’s Cup.

Who may donate? Donors must be 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in overall good health.
The American Red Cross guidelines state that you may not donate if you are pregnant or nursing or are taking medication for an infection; have had measles, mumps, rubella vaccination in the past four weeks; have a cough, sore throat or cold; or have had a tattoo within the last 12 months in either Maryland or Virginia. (Tattoos acquired in North Carolina are permitted.)

Donating blood is safe and simple, and the American Red Cross recommends some precautions to take in the hours before donating to simplify the process and ensure you will not suffer any ill effects. Drink plenty of fluids; eat iron rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole wheat breads and lean meats. Get plenty of sleep the night before and do not do any strenuous exercise before or after donating.

Colonial Williamsburg has been working in conjunction with the American Red Cross to conduct blood drives for more than 25 years. The Foundation sponsors two blood drives annually and they are coordinated by Colonial Williamsburg’s Hospitality and Courtesy Committee.

Appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment, call 220-7029 and select option “5.” The community is encouraged to participate. Walk-ins are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

The American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services, which is based in Norfolk, is a regional blood services center that provides blood and blood products to 58 hospitals in 87 counties in Virginia and North Carolina.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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