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American Red Cross Blood Drive in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrates Community Threads and Gee’s Bend


February 3, 2010

The American Red Cross, in partnership with Community Health Services (CHS) presents “Community Threads,” an arts movement to create community quilts. The community quilts will be on display along-side both historical and contemporary quilts at a special blood drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday January 20th from 12:45 p.m. – 4: 45 p.m.

In addition, community quilts will be on display at the Red Cross in Farmington until the end of February in conjunction with Hartford Stage’s performance of Gee’s Bend. Gee’s  end is the true story of African American women who created sophisticated and distinctive quilts in an all black community in rural Alabama and “quilted” their way to economic freedom.
Presenting donors can enter-to-win a pair of tickets to Gee’s Bend at Hartford Stage and receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.


To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region must distribute approximately 650 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of Connecticut patients. Only five percent of those eligible to donate blood
actually do so. Blood must be available whenever and wherever it is needed for patients.


Blood is used for trauma victims and for patients requiring surgical procedures, organ  transplants ,and chemotherapy. For some patients, such as the victim of an automobile accident, the need for blood is sudden. For others, ongoing transfusions are needed to help sustain lifesaving medical treatment. Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.