A Pint for Kim just held their third annual event over Mothers Day weekend, and folks, this isn’t your typical, everyday blood donation event.

Sure…the main focus was to get as many people as possible to donate life-saving blood, and that part was very successful, but they also had food trucks, a kids zone, a car show, flight simulator rides, REAL air plane rides, live music, therapy dogs, photos with Disney princesses, and they even had the US National Table Tennis Team doing demonstrations.

This thing is HUGE!

About 1,200 people attended the festivities and about a third of them gave blood. 384 units were donated donated which means 1,152 lives saved!

A Pint for Kim is an annual event planned in honor of Kim Sanford, a Naperville resident who battled extremely rare types of cancer (yes, plural) for eight years. It’s blood donations that allowed her to have the time she did to spend with her family. It’s the reason they continue to host this blood drive today…to ensure cancer patients today get as much time with their loved ones as humanly possible. Kim’s kids were 11 and 13 at the time of her passing. She was an incredible mother, which is why her family – the organizers of this event – plan it for the day before Mothers Day. They want this time to be something people look forward to, not something they dread.

Did you know that the largest use for donated blood is cancer patients. Blood donations are also used heavily in accident situations, often saving lives.

Learn more about blood donation, schedule an appointment to donate, and learn how to start your own event here.

There are more A Pint for Kim events throughout the year – like the mobile stop outside Wrigley earlier last week, as FOX 32 covered. Visit their website for more.