WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. — For the third year, the Love Clara Foundation will hold an American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Clara Ellen Zlatkin on Thursday, Dec. 26 from 2-7 p.m. at the Woolwich Township Municipal Building, 120 Village Green Drive.
Schedule an appointment
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an urgent need for blood donors to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this winter. As a special thank you for being the lifeline for patients this holiday season, those who come out to give blood with the Red Cross Dec. 19-Jan. 5 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device and enter sponsor code Love Clara.
Despite her short 14 months of life, Clara’s time with her family was filled with love and happiness. Tragedy struck on Sept. 11, 2016 when Clara suffered a series of strokes. Despite the heroic efforts of first responders and specialists, she died three days later surrounded by her family, including parents Marc and Karen and older sisters Kayla and Lily.
Moved by the love and support they received, Clara’s family established Love Clara, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides support to families who have lost children to illness or tragedy.
“Love Clara is driven by our sweet baby girl's spirit, yet also the spirit of community that has so lovingly and thoughtfully helped us along,” shared Karen Zlatkin, Clara’s mother. “When a family experiences their darkest hour, Love Clara seeks to offer not only financial support to offset some of the funeral and burial costs, but also emotional support through ‘love baskets’ from a family who understands and empathizes with their depths of pain and loss.”
To learn more about Love Clara, visit LoveClara.org.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.