Thursday, August 11 2022

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American Red Cross staff members gather for a blood drive on Monday afternoon.

WHEELING – Summer is a slow time of year for ice hockey and for blood donation centers.

The Wheeling Nailers teamed up with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive Monday at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, where dozens of people turned out to donate during a slow time of year. Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross Ohio River Valley, said donations in June were down 12% from the same time last year, while not only blood drives do not take place in schools, but that outdoor activities, vacations and other diversions cause donations to be far from people’s minds.

Kesselring said despite a poor start to the year, donations rose steadily throughout 2022, until dipping in June.

“We had a really bad time in January, and it was so bad that we were using terminology that I hadn’t heard them use before in over 30 years (with the Red Cross),” she said. declared. “People recognized the need, so now we’re at a point where we’re not at the best level, but we feel confident enough to go into the summer, and then we’ve had this drop.

“We have to, again, remind people that the need is still there, it’s a constant need,” Kesselring added.

DJ Abisalih, broadcaster for the Wheeling Nailers, said the summer months were a slow time for both the Red Cross and the Nailers, and he was happy the Nailers were able to help their community during their usual downtime.

“It’s something we look forward to every year. It’s a great partnership we have with the American Red Cross. Summer is obviously a slow time – people don’t think hockey top of mind,” “It’s a good opportunity for us to really dive into a lot of the organizations and events that are happening within the community,” he said.

“I think it’s great for us to be able to use our name and get the support…and get the message across that (the Red Cross) is an organization that really needs a lot of help and power. helping people.”

At around 1 p.m., halfway through Monday’s blood drive, Kesselring said his morning had been extremely busy, seeing around 25 people come to donate blood, although that flow of people had dwindled by the early post- midday.

Donation events will be held at the Highlands Event Center from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and June 25 at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church from noon to 5 p.m., June 26 at Cabela’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 at Oglebay Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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