Hero2Hero Blood Drive: Hoxworth sponsors vets for Honor Flight Tri-State

Hero2Hero Blood Drive: Hoxworth sponsors vets for Honor Flight Tri-State (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Election Day is a good day to remember all of those who have fought for freedom and as Veterans Day nears, Honor Flight Tri-State is teaming up with Hoxworth for a Hero2Hero blood drive.

It couldn't come at a more critical time; donations at Hoxworth Blood Centers were way down the past few weeks.

Gregg Boothe, chief operating officer at Hoxworth Blood Center said, “Which has led to a spot shortage, or what we call a ‘type specific shortage’ in O negative blood.”

But in addition to boosting the blood supply Veterans such as Tim Halloran who served in the US Marine Corps help other veterans.

He's been a guardian on several Honor Flights from the Tri-State.

Cheryl Popp, Honor Flight Tri-State executive director, said, “Honor Flight is a group, a non-profit group that takes veterans to see the memorials in Washington DC.”

So as part of the Hero2Hero drive, a donation during the week helps sponsor 15 veterans for a future Honor Flight.

Cara Nicolas of Hoxworth Blood Center said, “What we are really asking our community to do is to donate blood, the gift of life, in honor of those people who put their lives on the line for our country.”

As part of that drive there is something else people are being asked to do and that is to write a special note to thank a veteran. When they are given to the men and women who have served their country, they mean something pretty special.

The Hero2Hero drive starts Thursday, November 10, and runs through the 12. Veterans day is Friday, November 11.

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