O’Neil Cinemas Blood Drive collected 29 units despite nor’easter

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Nor’easter didn’t stop blood drive donation success

On Friday, O’Neil Cinemas in Brickyard Square in Epping hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its location at 24 Calef Highway, Epping.

This one-day event kicked off “Red Cross Month.” Every president since World War II has recognized the month of March with this distinction.

The blood drive produced 29 life-saving units of blood, even though the area was hit with high winds and flooding last weekend.

“We were thrilled with the results,” said Anna Donahoe, account manager for the American Red Cross Blood Services. “With inclement weather like the Nor’easters we’ve been having, it’s important to make sure we have enough blood for patients, should natural disasters strike.”

Donors scheduled appointments ahead of time and received a free movie pass to O’Neil Cinemas after making a blood donation.

O’Neil Cinemas, with theaters in Epping and Littleton, Mass., is committed to giving back to the community through its O’Neil Cinemas Cares program. This is the second blood drive O’Neil Cinemas has had in just the last three months. In December 2017, it hosted a holiday blood drive at its Epping movie theater.

“With these blood drives, O’Neil Cinemas is always surprised and humbled by the response from the community,” said Lauren Blessington, O’Neil Cinemas Brickyard Square manager. “Red Cross Month is actually a great reminder of how important blood donation year-round.”

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Megan McLachlan,

marketing manager