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'I Bleed For Preston and Steve' Blood Drive 2010

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Preston and Steve's Red Cross Blood Drive, which took place on Saturday at the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal is an annual tradition for the 93.3 WMMR radio duo and preston and steve blood drive 2010many of their faithful listeners.

When I first walked into the terminal on Saturday it appeared that the turnout was far less than previous years, but that was far from the truth. 

The Blood Drive, in its fifth year is a joint effort of the 93.3 WMMR morning show crew and the American Red Cross.  From the looks of it, the Blood Drive was quite a success.  Anthony Tornetta, Regional Communications Manager for The American Red Cross stated that "700-800 people donated so far as of 11:00 Saturday morning, putting them half-way towards their goal."  When I asked him if the heat would be a major issue for donors he encourages "people when they donate to simply drink a lot of water, get rest, and stay hydrated after they donate." Keep this in mind if you donate blood any other point this summer as we are assured to have our hottest summer in a few years.  All in all, Tornetta and his fellow staffers were very much excited by this year's turnout.

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This is my third year attending the Blood Drive and there was a drastic difference between the 2010 Blood Drive and the 2009 I Bleed For Preston and Steve Blood Drive.  Instead of having to be shuttled to various waiting areas, the donors were immediately brought in (by numbers) and admitted to the registration stations where each donor is asked a handful of questions to assess whether or not they are a donor risk.  Once that step is complete, each donor (if deemed safe to donate) can give blood right away.

preston and steve blood drive 2010Lenny Winter, a volunteer for the Red Cross, a veteran of the Preston and Steve Blood Drives acknowledged that the donor process was streamlined this year so that donors can get through much more efficiently.  According to Mr. Winter, "the goal is for them to receive 1,300-1,400 units of blood, which can save the lives of 4,000 people."

Nick McIlwain, executive producer of 93.3 WMMR's Preston and Steve Show felt that the turnout was great after they had been openly begging their legion of fans to attend this year's blood drive.  Why were they desperate this year versus other years?

"People get a lot of requests to donate these days.  And, they may not necessarily have the time to commit towards donating their blood.  You are also asking them to donate a part of their body, which is a real commitment.  Writing a check or handing over a credit card number is one thing, but asking people to bleed is far different.  We're literally asking our fans to bleed to help others."

Aside from the folks coming out to give up their blood for this cause, the volunteers and Red Cross staffers have to be commended.  Lenny Winter wasted little time in conveying to me just how much these people mean to this blood drive and many others.  "The team and these guys are phenomenal.  We'll pack up and they'll still be here finishing up."

From what yours truly saw, plenty of faithful Preston and Steve fans bled for a heck of a cause this year. 

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com