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"Give Blood, Watch Hockey"

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- There's no better place to bleed, than at a hockey rink. That's the motto behind this weekend's American Red Cross blood drive. KWWL teamed up with the non-profit group for Saturday's "Give Blood, Watch Hockey" event.

A few familiar faces helped out at Saturday's blood drive. But the people who really matter, are guys like Josh Graveman.

"It's a good thing to do, there's tons of people in need, and on top of it you get free Black Hawks tickets," said Graveman.

Graveman may have been inspired by free hockey tickets. But he's no stranger to going under the needle.

"No, it wasn't painful. Maybe the first time I did it," Graveman joked.

Graveman is one of many loyal blood donors at the Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter.

"We have a lot of repeat donors, especially at our center here in Waterloo. We have a lot of donors who are very faithful, they come in every eight weeks to donate," said Team Supervisor Mary Fritz.

While Graveman knows the usual routine, this donation is a little out of the ordinary.

"The scenery is a little different! You get to watch the ice skaters skate around," said Graveman.

Mary added, "very chilly!"

The unlikely venue is encouraging an amazing number of people to donate. Halfway through the day, the Red Cross actually has to go back for more supplies. But even after this remarkable turnout, they can still use more help.

"Unfortunately there's a very small percentage of the population that donates. So we need more people to donate so the blood supply is always there when needed," said Fritz.

You won't always have a great view, or walk away with a hockey ticket. You will leave with something that, Graveman believes, is even better.

"You walk off feeling better about everything. Cause you're helping someone else out," said Graveman.

56 people donated at Saturday's drive. In total, the Red Cross collected about 40 pints of blood.

If you're inspired to give, get ahold of your local Red Cross chapter. It takes less than an hour, and you could help save someone's life.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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