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Eagles host 2nd American Red Cross blood drive during COVID-19 pandemic

Eagles host 2nd American Red Cross blood drive during COVID-19 pandemic

The Eagles hosted their second blood drive in as many months on Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Thursday’s drive collected 90 pints of blood, which can help up to 270 patients. With these two drives (the previous one was on April 16), the Eagles have now collected 164 pints of blood, which can help up to 492 patients. 

The Eagles paired up with the American Red Cross in an attempt to help the blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive was held on Friday while maintaining social distancing guidelines. 

So many blood drives have been canceled because of the pandemic, so giving blood safely is very important right now. 

"Despite the challenges we’ve faced as a society over the past couple of months, the American Red Cross has courageously carried on with its life-saving mission of providing compassionate care for those in need,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in a statement. 

“We are grateful to have the opportunity, once again, to offer our assistance to the Red Cross so that a sufficient blood supply could be maintained for weeks to come. The swift and immediate response to this ‘call to action’ by our community clearly demonstrates the generosity that we have for one another. Yesterday was a symbol of that goodwill thanks to everyone who showed up to support the Red Cross’ transformational work.”

As a part of the Eagles’ $1 million contribution last month, $250,000 went to the American Red Cross of Southeastern PA Region. 

Here are a few photos, courtesy of the Eagles, from Thursday’s drive, including one of team president Don Smolenski: 

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins kneels with Philadelphia protesters in Center City

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins kneels with Philadelphia protesters in Center City

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins spent Monday afternoon in Center City protesting institutional racism and last week's killing of George Floyd by a police officer.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis last Monday night by a police officer in an incident caught on camera. The officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time while Floyd was handcuffed.

Protesters were demonstrating and rallying across Philadelphia over the weekend, and continued Monday. Jenkins also spent Sunday protesting.

On Monday, Jenkins posted a two-minute video of protesters kneeling and facing police officers, captioned "Resist," accompanied by an emoji of a raised fist.

In the beginning of the video, protesters are heard chanting, "Police, take a knee in solidarity," a reference to some police officers across the country — including in Philadelphia — who have taken knees alongside protesters.

At one point, a single woman stands up and yells at the police officers.

The video ends with the protesters chanting, "No justice, no peace."

You can watch the full video below:

Jenkins, who signed with the Saints this offseason, spent much of his time and platform with the Eagles working to enact meaningful criminal justice reform.

It's clear Jenkins wants to remain involved in Philadelphia even after leaving the Eagles. Last month, he delivered the commencement address during The School District of Philadelphia's virtual graduation ceremony.

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