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Red Cross, Music Saves Lives blood drive set for Tuesday in Rossiter

June 29, 2014

Jenna Roach (left) and Eddie Armstrong are the organizers of a blood drive that will take place Tuesday at the Rossiter American Legion. (Photo by Destiny Pifer/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ROSSITER — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
More than 41,000 donations are needed every day.

To help the American Red Cross reach their goal, two friends are teaming up to unite music lovers and anyone wanting to make a difference.

On Tuesday, July 1, in conjunction with Music Saves Lives, the American Red Cross will host a blood drive for the Rossiter community.

Those who donate will get a unique incentive.

Organizing the event is Eddie Armstrong and Jenna Roach, who received help from American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Jocelyn Milby in setting up the drive.

Armstrong said the first 100 people who donate blood and show up at the Music Saves Lives booth at any stop of the Vans Warped Tour will receive a backstage pass.

"The drive was a way for us to get the vouchers," he said.

The drive is also a way for the American Red Cross to obtain the blood supply it needs, as well as and a chance for those who donate to meet their favorite bands.

How it works is once a person donates, he or she can receive a voucher by checking in on the Music Saves Lives smartphone app. The voucher can then be used to obtain a backstage pass at the Vans Warped Tour.

Even if someone is not one of the first 100, he or she still has the opportunity for priority meet-and-greets with some of the bands performing at Warped Tour.

"While the backstage passes are a nice incentive, I've always wanted to get involved with the American Red Cross," said Armstrong, adding that "American Red Cross and Music Saves Lives are both such amazing organizations."

When it comes to donating blood, the age and requirements vary from state to state.

Those unable to donate may have someone else donate for them so that they can still receive a voucher.

Armstrong and Roach have been encouraging friends, familiy members and fellow community members to donate.

"I've been told that blood supplies are especially low at this time of year. People don't realize that one pint of their donated blood can save up to three lives," Armstrong said. "I have a bigger satisfaction knowing I get to be a part of that effort."

The drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, at the Rossiter American Legion, located at 330 Central St. in Rossiter.

Limited-edition t-shirts will also be given to donors, while supplies last.

For more information on Music Saves Lives, visit www.musicsaveslives.org.

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