Senoia blood drive Aug. 1

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Eligible blood donors are urged to schedule a donation today in conjunction with the Aug. 1 blood drive scheduled for 1-6 p.m. at the Senoia United Methodist Church.

Walk-ins are always welcome at this drive, which is co-sponsored by the local church and the Senoia Optimist Club.

The American Red Cross issued an emergency appeal July 5 asking eligible blood and platelet donors to give as soon as possible.  Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw-down of its overall blood supply.

The upcoming blood drive is for the Senoia area and beyond, and it will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Senoia United Methodist Church, 229 Bridge Street.

Members of the Senoia Optimist Club will offer blood donors their “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches along with a number of free coupons from local area businesses.

Donors at the Senoia blood drive are again asked to bring one or more non-perishable food items. The Optimist Club members will collect these items and make them available to a local food bank in order to help those around us who are in need.

Potential donors may either sign up at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  In addition, Senoia Optimist Club member and blood drive coordinator Ellen Ingram may be contacted at 770-842-4533.

If you would like to learn how you can help in this or another worthwhile project sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club, contact senoiaoptimistclub@gmail.com or Club President Phil Downey at 770-833-9242. If you would like more information about the Senoia United Methodist Church, visit http://senoiaumc.org/ or call the church office Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 770-599-3245.

Pictured above are twin sisters Taylor and Erica Lee at the previous blood drive in May.