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Iglesia Adventista de Pleasant Grove celebrates Cinco de Mayo by helping save lives

Southwest

April 26, 2012
 

Local church aims to see 100 donors at Red Cross blood drive

UPDATE - 5/1:

The blood drive scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at the Igelsia Adventista de Pleasant Grove has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. While this drive has been cancelled, there are other community blood drives that the Red Cross encourages anyone who is healthy to attend. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and the Red Cross depends on the generosity of donors to maintain a safe blood supply for patients in need. To find a blood drive in your area, please visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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To encourage the Hispanic community to be involved and help save lives, Pastor Josue Amador of Iglesia Adventista de Pleasant Grove is again challenging the community to donate blood with the American Red Cross. Understanding that more than half of the Hispanic community has type O  blood, which is needed in all kinds of emergency situations and routinely in short supply and high demand by hospitals;  Pastor Amador set the goal to see 100 donors at the Cinco de Mayo blood drive. By donating blood, the Hispanic community members can help the Red Cross maintain a diverse blood supply to help any patients in need in the neighborhood, down the street or across the country. 

“Each time we host a blood drive with the Red Cross, it is my hope to make it bigger than the last one so we can help more patients,” said Pastor Amador. “By continuing to host blood drives, my congregation and the local Hispanic community will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of donating blood and how we have the power to make a difference to help patients and hospitals. The Red Cross continues to help the community, no matter who it is, and so we are doing our part with this blood drive. Let’s demonstrate our love for others by donating life.”

The Iglesia Adventista de Pleasant Grove Church blood drive will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7927 Rosemont Rd. in Dallas and is open to the public. Please call Pastor Amador at 214-687-6809 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The Red Cross urges those who are healthy to donate blood or platelets to help revive the nation’s blood supply.  Because someone needs blood every two seconds, patients depend on consistent voluntary donations. 

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets at an American Red Cross blood donor center or blood drive. 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. New height and weight restrictions apply to donors ages 18 and younger.