GIVING THE gift of life. That opportunity resurfaces on Monday as WesBanco Arena holds the annual Ohio Valley Media Day Blood Drive.
The Wheeling mega-event is once again under the auspices of the American Red Cross and will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To expedite the process, donor appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be accepted.
The blood drive is sponsored and promoted by Wheeling area media outlets and is one of the largest one-day blood drives in the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. The goal of this year's blood drive is 350 successful donations. To meet such a goal, about 440 people will need to donate blood.
The Media Day Blood Drive is one that takes on major proportions.
It includes a Media Day T-shirt, while supplies last, to those who donate blood. Local businesses will donate food. Free child care services, parking at the Intermodal Transportation Center and transportation provided by Airport Limousine to and from the blood drive will be available. Those wanting transportation can call 304-232-1175.
Corporate sponsors for the blood drive include WesBanco Arena; Wheeling Intermodal Parking Garage; Bordas & Bordas; Walmart Foundation; Boscov's; Project BEST; West Texas Roadhouse; Ohio Bath Solutions LLC; and Hampton Inn Wheeling.
Other businesses making donations to the drive include DiCarlo's Pizza, Elm Grove and National Road; DeFelice Pizza, Wheeling; Wheeling Coffee & Spice; Cheddars; Ye Olde Alpha; Arby's; Pepsi; Tim Horton's; Wheeling Nailers; Airport Limousine Service; Perkins; Riesbeck's; Osaka Steak House; and Garfield's Restaurant.
Impressive to say the least.
The Media Day Blood Drive comes at a critical time, as blood supplies historically run low during winter months.
Hopefully, Old Man Winter doesn't raise his ugly head Monday, keeping potential donors away. The Red Cross has been forced to cancel some of its blood drives due to weather, making Monday's event even more critical.
The Ohio Valley has traditionally supported the Media Day Blood Drive in stellar fashion.
We hope that continues this time around.
Blood is a precious commodity, one that can prove a life-saver. On Monday, we all can make a difference to individuals in dire straits.