Senoia blood drive is Monday

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Afraid of needles? You are not alone. Many people share that fear but find that they can still give blood. What most say is that the slight initial pinch pales in comparison to the feeling of accomplishment they get at the end of a successful donation!

You’ll have an opportunity to get that great feeling of accomplishment when you make a donation of the “gift of life” in conjunction with the May 1 blood drive that will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Senoia United Methodist Church. The blood drive is co-sponsored by the local church and the Senoia Optimist Club.

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. The church is in the historic district of Senoia and is located at 229 Bridge Street. It is at the intersection of Seavy and Bridge Streets. For those not familiar with the area, you can turn east at the downtown intersection of Main Street and Seavy Street, and go past the Veranda Bed & Breakfast towards the City Park or Ga. Highway 85. The church is on the right – only about two blocks east of Main 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.

While “walk-ins” are welcome, potential donors may either sign up online at http://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.

There is a need for all blood types. You are encouraged to please schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets today.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood.

The Senoia Area blood drive is held at the Senoia United Methodist Church on a quarterly basis. After the upcoming event on May 1, the next blood drive for the Senoia area is August 7.

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