Oct. 28, 2021 - Mayor Donnie Tuck was awarded the Mayor's Cup on Wednesday for getting the most blood donations in a two-month challenge period. Donations totaled 101 units, which have benefited 303 people. Hampton also won the cup from the Red Cross last year.
“I accepted the Red Cross Mayor's Cup on behalf of all of our residents," said Tuck. "There has been a national shortage of blood during Covid-19. I am proud that Hampton is a community where people continue to donate to those in need."
Red Cross’ Debi Henley praised Hampton for going well beyond the competition timeframe and holding monthly blood drives. This year, city blood drives have resulted in 418 units of donated blood, which helped 1,254 people.
“We wanted to ensure that people felt safe enough to donate,” said Terri Vander Vennet, director of the Hampton Coliseum and Hampton Arts Commission. “By using the Hampton Coliseum, we were able to spread people out in a giant arena with a high ceiling."