Congressman Carney thanks volunteers, donates blood

 WILMINGTON — Congressman John Carney donated his time and his blood today by participating in the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s statewide MLK Day Hero Blood Drive.  The MLK Day Hero Blood Drive is being hosted statewide by the Blood Bank of Delmarva, in partnership with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and, from January 11-21 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of service.

“Dr. King said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others,’” said Congressman Carney.  “Every two seconds, an American finds out that he or she requires a blood transfusion.  The Blood Bank of Delmarva provides donated blood to sixteen hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula.  That blood helps people in our community who are struggling with life-threatening diseases, traumatic injuries, and are recovering from surgery.  I urge everyone to reflect on Dr. King’s words and take this opportunity to help by scheduling an appointment to donate blood.”

"We can all learn from the inspiring words and acts of Dr. King,” said Roy Roper, President and CEO of the Blood Bank.  “Giving blood is a simple act, yet it has far-reaching implications. It provides peace of mind for the hospitals in our community who are charged with ensuring that their patients have what they need to recover from debilitating illnesses and/or severe trauma. We hope that the lessons learned from Dr. King will inspire those who are able, to give blood, the gift of life."

Delaware residents who wish to participate should call the Blood Bank at (888) 8-BLOOD-8, or visit, to make a donation appointment.  Eligible donors must be between the ages of 17 and 79, have not had a tattoo or body piercing within the last 12 months, and have no cold or flu symptoms or have had recent major surgery. A photo ID (or two other forms of identification) is required.