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NAACP sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive in Merced

 

After reaching out to and partnering with the Merced County Chapter of the NAACP for the second time, the Red Cross set up a blood drive at Bethesda Apostolic Faith Church in downtown Merced last Friday.

A good number of locals decided to volunteer both their time and their blood for the benefit of the community.

While the donation itself may not be the most entertaining experience, it is always incredibly emotionally fulfilling, and on top of that, you get a chance to relax and eat snacks with other community members following your donation.

“We had a successful blood drive at St. Matthews Baptist Church in Merced on June 9, where we had 26 donors participate. During our time at Bethesda Apostolic Faith Church today, we had 27 donors signed up,” the NAACP chapter said in a statement to the Times. “Our goal is to help save lives by community people donating blood, and by partnering with the American Red Cross and local churches, we can achieve this goal. … We strive to better educate the community about sickle cell anemia and blood donations.”

For those looking for an opportunity to donate, the Red Cross is hosting drives all across the valley. The next Red Cross Blood Drive in Merced is scheduled for Sept. 28 at Merced High, and the following day at Atwater High. If you’d like to donate sooner, over the upcoming weekend there will be drives in Modesto, Turlock, Stockton, Tracy, Sonora, and more, so check out their website for locations, times, and appointments: redcrossblood.org.

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