SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Wright Center for Community Health Scranton Practice is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, February 9, to honor a Scranton City Police Detective Kyle Gilmartin who was injured in a January shooting.
Residents can make an appointment to donate blood between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at The Wright Center’s Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave., by visiting the Red Cross website and using sponsor code: The Wright Center, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or scanning the QR code below.
The drive is in honor of Scranton Police Detective Kyle Gilmartin, who was shot on January 11 in West Scranton. Gilmartin and other Scranton police officers were investigating a pair of gang-related gunfire incidents at the time. After being treated at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Detective Gilmartin is recovering at a rehabilitation center.
As a medical organization, we want to help where the need is greatest, and January is a time when there are critical blood shortages here and nationwide. We know that treating Detective Gilmartin required a lot of blood, so we thought hosting a blood drive in his honor would be fitting.”
Gerri McAndrew, co-director of The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement.
In addition to helping address the blood shortage, anyone who donates blood in February will receive a $20 Amazon gift card by mail.
Those who wish to donate can also make an appointment at The Wright Center website or call 570-230-0019.