Phillies out for blood today, literally

The Phanatic checking on a donor at the Phillies Blood Drive, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 15, 2012.
The Phanatic checking on a donor at the Phillies Blood Drive, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 15, 2012.
Posted: June 16, 2012

Here's your chance for fans to prove they bleed Phillies red, as in red corpuscles.

The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for blood donors, and until 1 p.m. today, the public's invited to stop by the Hall of Fame Club on the third base side of at Citizens Bank Park to give blood, get a rally towel, and have a chance to be selected to throw out the first ball at a home game.

The Phanatic will be on hand from 10 to 11 for the Phillies Blood Drive, held jointly with the Red Cross.

Ten drives at the ballpark since 2006 have collected almost 7,000 units of blood, enough to save an estimated 17,000 lives, according to the Phillies.

Another ballpark blood drive is planned for Aug. 18.

With blood donations down for the year so far, the Red Cross is calling the need "urgent," especially for types O negative and positive, B negative, and A negative.

If you can't make today's Phillies event, other area opportunities can be found by visiting the Red Cross' "Make a Blood Donation Appointment" web page.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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