Mayor Purzycki Congratulates City Employees and Citizens for Supporting the Blood Bank’s Summer Blood Drive
Wilmington Fire and Police recruits were among the more than 70 City employees and citizens who gave blood today at the City/County Building
Mayor Mike Purzycki joined Fire Chief Michael Donohue and Chief of Police Robert Tracy in thanking members of the 40th Fire Academy and the 99th Police Academy classes who participated in the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s Summer Blood Drive today at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building on North French Street. Fire Chief Donohue joined the fire cadets in giving blood on the day before the academy class’ scheduled graduation. In all, more than 70 City government employees and residents joined today’s drive, which was coordinated by City Human Resources Administrator and former Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) Board Member Paula Gatos along with Desso Bryant of BBD.
“Giving blood is a simple, life-saving act,” said Mayor Purzycki. “I’m proud of all our employees who gave blood today during this time of increased need. They have helped us raise awareness of the crucial role that the Blood Bank of Delmarva plays in our community.”
The Summer Blood Drive is the BBD’s annual blood donation campaign which runs through September. This year’s theme is #GiveYourBestLife. The campaign serves to increase blood donations to support the needs of Delmarva area hospitals during the critical summer months, when donations typically decline by 25 percent owing to the lack of high school and college blood drives during the school year. For more information about how you can host a blood drive, please click here.
Mayor Purzycki talks with fire recruits Michael Malloy (left) and Kevin Green of the 40th Wilmington Fire Academy at the Summer Blood Drive.
Michael Chambers (foreground) and Chris Dunlap (background) of the 99th Wilmington Police Academy give blood at the City/County Building.