African American Leadership Conference Phone-A-Thon
November 8 event seeks African American blood donors
On Thursday, November 8, 2012, individuals from throughout Southeastern Michigan will launch a search for blood donors – especially African American blood donors. Sponsored by the African American Leadership Conference of the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, the event will take place at Red Cross headquarters, 100 Mack Avenue in Detroit from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m..
Community volunteers and Red Cross staffers will be calling friends and relatives as well as current and former blood donors, asking them to make an appointment to donate blood at the Kenneth L. Mitchell Detroit Donor Center located in Detroit on the Red Cross headquarters campus.
Special guests will be Kelly Littlejohn and his 10-year-old son, Allen Littlejohn II, who is a sickle cell patient. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects primarily African Americans. Those with this disorder may need chronic blood transfusions throughout their lives. African-American blood donations are particularly important to many sickle cell patients as their blood may more closely match the blood of these patients.
“It’s very important for African Americans to donate blood,” said Kelly Littlejohn. “If donors hadn’t given the blood my son has needed over the years, he might not be with us. And there are many more sickle cell patients with worse case scenarios than my son. I’ll be there making phone calls and trying to get as many people as possible to make appointments.”
To make an appointment to donate blood at the Kenneth L. Mitchell Detroit Donor Center, call 1-800-RED CROSS.
If you or your organization would like to participate in the November 8 phone-a-thon contact Tanya Smith at 313-