On January 16th, 2015, The New England Garrison & Alderaan Base were invited to a blood drive held by radio station WZLX 100.7 at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts.  This evening was the standard routine for blood drives, where we posed for pictures with donors and their families, and of course when possible, donate a few pints ourselves!    We had a small turn out for these event, but the reports we received was that it was a lot of fun for those who attended!    

On December 27th, 2014, members of the 501st New England Garrison, along with the Rebel Legion Alderaan Base and the Mando Mercs Firaxan Clan were invited to join our new Andorian friends Ell and Vynni – The Farthest Star and other Star Trek costumers for annual the Galaxy Blood Drive.  Organized by author Ryder Windham and the The Rhode Island Blood Center, the event was held at the Providence Public Library. Not only was this a “Wars vs Trek” event, it also had a touch of West vs East, as there was a competing blod drive being held on the same day the Cloud City Garrison…
 
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On Saturday, June 14th members of the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base and the 501st New England Garrison participated in the world-wide event known as World Blood Donor Day! Blood banks and hospitals all over the globe hosted blood drives in their area to encourage locals to get out and donate this vital and much needed, life saving resource. Local author and Alderaan Base member Ryder Windham was the driving Force behind this effort and spent countless hours working with Legion members to help them connect with local blood banks. To learn more about how you can donate blood please…
 
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On Saturday, May 17th members of the 501st New England Garrison and the Rebel Legion – Alderaan Base participated in a blood drive held at the Knights of Columbus hall in Attleboro, MA. Troopers were present to greet the kids of generous blood donors and pose for pictures. They also spent some time on “traffic duty” waving to passing cars and using the Force to try and persuade a few to them to stop and come inside. Everyone had a great time and as a special thank you to the kids who came with their parents they got a free…
 
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On Saturday, December 28th we saw two universes collide while working together to help the Rhode Island Blood Center collect donations. Members of the local Star Wars costuming groups worked alongside fans of the Star Trek franchise and held a friendly competition to see who could get more people to donate blood for their team. In addition to the efforts taking place here at the RI Blood Center, an identical blood drive was being held in Colorado by members of the 501st Cloud City Garrison. All of this was made possible by local Star Wars author Ryder Windham, who is…
 
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