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Feb 10, 2022

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Blood drive set for March 3 at Blue Bell

For golfers, red is good. From golfers, red is needed.

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GAP, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will conduct a blood drive at Blue Bell Country Club on Thursday, March 3. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the club’s Belle Ballroom.

Registration in advance is required. Two appointment slots will be allotted every 15 minutes (9 to 10:15 a.m., 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.), one appointment every 15 minutes from 10:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. At the top of each hour, an appointment slot will be available only to donors with the following blood types: O-, O+, B- and A-.

The process of donating blood takes approximately 7-10 minutes. Once approximately a pint of blood is collected, an American Red Cross staff member will remove the needle and place a bandage on a donor’s arm. Refreshments will be available so that donors can adjust to a slight decrease in fluid volume.

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood inventory levels pose a concerning risk to patient care and force doctors to make difficult decisions regarding whom receives blood transfusions and whom must wait until more blood products become available. The American Red Cross issued a plea for blood and platelet donors to give now in order to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

In recent weeks, the American Red Cross experienced less than a one-day supply of critical blood types and needed to limit blood product distributions to hospitals as a result. At times, as much as one-quarter of hospital blood needs is not being met.

In a continuing effort to expand its community outreach, GAP partnered with the American Red Cross in 2021, conducting blood drives at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa., Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, N.J. and White Clay Creek Country Club in Wilmington, Del. Overall, it raised 84 viable donations for local hospital patients.

For more information regarding the GAP/ARC blood drives, contact Mia DeJohn, GAP Executive Assistant, at 610-687-2340 ext. 10 or via email at

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit or, or connect on Twitter at @RedCross.

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The Association’s 300 Member Clubs and 90,000 individual members are spread across the Eastern half of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

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