In tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service, AmeriCorps Delaware, VolunteerDelaware.org and the Blood Bank of Delmarva are collaborating on the first statewide hero blood drive beginning Jan. 9 and ending on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16.


In tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service, AmeriCorps Delaware, VolunteerDelaware.org and the Blood Bank of Delmarva are collaborating on the first statewide hero blood drive beginning Jan. 9 and ending on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16.

Through a grant received from Youth Service America, the 110 AmeriCorps Delaware members, with the help of VolunteerDelaware.org and the Blood Bank of Delmarva, are planning and coordinating the effort to encourage blood donors. The statewide call for donors also will go out to state agencies, nonprofits, private companies and individuals.  

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf praised AmeriCorps Delaware and VolunteerDelaware.org for leading the state’s efforts.

“This is a wonderful way to demonstrate the power of service to young people and their parents,” Landgraf said. “As Dr. King said, ‘Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.’ Giving an hour out of your day to donate blood is a simple act that can save someone’s life while enhancing yours.”

Roy Roper, president and CEO of the Blood Bank of Delmarva, said the reach of the MLK Day Blood Drive is expected to be great.

“We are happy to be a part of this effort,” Roper said. “Partnering with these agencies and organizations to help promote blood donation and raise awareness about its importance every day in our community will have a significant impact. With the large number of donors expected during the drive, the blood collected will literally help save hundreds of lives.”

Every donor will receive a button and will have helped up to three hospital patients with a portion of their blood. In addition, all donors are asked to fill out a special Hero Card, available at reception and to designate the name of their child’s school (or any school they wish to designate). At the end of the drive, the top school in each county with the most hero cards will be treated to a pizza party by Grotto Pizza.

To make an appointment, call (888) 8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org Walk-ins will be taken as time allows.

Donors must be 17 years of age, no tattoos or body piercings within the last 12 months, have no cold or flu symptoms or recent major surgery. A photo ID (or two other forms of identification) is required.