It’s the fifth annual Philadelphia Eagles-American Red Cross blood drive. From 6am to 2pm, the Linc will host the hundreds of fans expected to donate blood.
“We canceled every single blood drive Monday, Tuesday, and the majority of Wednesday as well,” says spokesman Anthony Tornetta.
One of the largest annual Red Cross blood drives in the region is taking place Saturday in South Philadelphia.
“To maintain a sufficient supply here in our region, we need to collect on average about 1,200 units of blood per day,” a Red Cross spokesman says, “and we did not meet that goal this weekend because of Hurricane Irene.”
“We actually had a glitch in our system when we were signing up donors,” says a Red Cross spokesman. “We overbooked the schedule.”
Blood collectors from the area Red Cross have been on strike since the end of May. But they will return to work starting Thursday after agreeing to a 90-day cooling off period.
There are new talks scheduled between the Red Cross and blood takers in the Philadelphia area as the unionized workers enter their third week on the picket line.
Red Cross workers at blood banks across the Delaware Valley hit the picket line this morning after talks broke down late last night.