The American Red Cross Honors a Community Hero - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 5, 2012

Philadelphia - “Life’s most persistent and urgent question,” Dr. King once asked, “is what are you doing for others?" This Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the American Red Cross would like to encourage members of the community to honor his memory by donating blood.

The federal holiday is not just a day off from work set aside to honor Dr. King. In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating it as a national day of volunteer service.  What better way to volunteer then to volunteer to give something of yourself to a patient in need. Your single blood donation can help save up to three lives.

Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, hosting blood drives and donating blood; delivering meals, building homes and reflecting on Dr. King's life and teachings.

MLK Day of Service Blood Drive Locations are listed below

02210660 – Church of St. Bridget, Glassboro, NJ, 9AM – 3PM

02212475 – St. Bartholomew, Camden, NJ, 8AM – 2PM

02212926 –– Upper Darby High School, Upper Darby, PA, 9:30AM – 2PM

02212477 –– Girard College, Philadelphia, PA, 8AM – 2PM

02215474–– Coatesville High School, Coatesville, PA, 8AM – 2PM

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA and NJ), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

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