Blood Drive Will Honor Capital Gazette Shooting Victim This Weekend


The Wendi Winters Blood Drive returns to Annapolis this Saturday. A memorial for Winters is pictured above after she was killed during the June 28, 2018 Capital Gazette shooting. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The 12th annual Wendi Winters Blood Drive is coming to Annapolis this Saturday. 

The blood drive is named after one of the five Capital Gazette shooting victims who died in the June 28, 2018 newspaper attack. Winters is credited with saving several lives from the gunman during the shooting.

Winters was a frequent volunteer for the American Red Cross, organizing this annual blood drive. The event continued after her death in her honor.

The drive has collected 2,000 units of blood since Winters passed. Another 200 pints are expected during this weekend's effort.

The blood will help hospital patients, mothers with difficult childbirths and those undergoing complicated surgeries.

Winters was also a proud Navy mom, a church youth adviser and a Girl Scout troop leader.

The blood drive is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 173 Jennifer Road.

Eligible donors can register by visiting and entering the sponsor code  "ForWendi".

Donors must present a blood donor card, a driver's license or two other forms of identification at check-in. 

Donors must be at least 17 years old in most states or 16 with parental consent where allowed by state law. They must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Donors will get a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last. Sport Clips will also send a coupon for a free haircut by email. Details on these perks are posted at

To learn more about the Wendi Winters Blood Drive, click here.

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