Tuesday, June 01, 2010

USS Constitution Sailors Donate Blood

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathryn E. Macdonald, USS Constitution Public Affairs

June 1, 2010 - CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution Sailors donated blood to the American Red Cross for the "Red Sox Blood Donor of the Game" May 27.

Sailors who donated have the chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets and to be honored on the field as the Blood Donor of the Game.

Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Airman Dylan Roberts helped organize and bring the blood drive to Constitution.

"It's awesome knowing we're contributing to saving a life," said Roberts.

Twenty-six Sailors donated to the blood drive that kicked off at 9 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m.

"I never gave blood until I joined the military," said Airman Michael Fleck. "I try to give blood every six months. I think it makes a positive impact on the community, and it only takes five minutes out of your day. It's a small price to pay, and it saves a life."

The Red Cross collects units of blood for community supply, and occasionally they ship units to places where natural disasters occur.

After 40 days, a supply of blood is no longer usable; therefore, the Red Cross is always dependent on continuous donations. One unit of blood can save up to three lives.

"We've had a good turn-out," said Jen Monahan, Red Cross team supervisor. "It's great to see the Sailors when we know they are working every day to help protect our country, and to see them donating allows us to say 'thank you for donating and everything that you do.'"

Constitution is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard of Boston Harbor. She is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat and welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year.

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