By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

There is a blood drive to help sickle cell patients from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Martin Luther King Center, located at 1114 E. Sixth Avenue. To schedule an appointment, visit: RedCrossBlood.org. All presenting donors will receive a $20 Gift Card by email from Amazon and a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Visit RedCrossBlood.org/Eligibility for specific donor eligibility information.

Sickle Cell is a disease that predominately impacts individuals of African descent. African American
blood donors are needed to help provide the most compatible units for patients with sickle cell
disease.

Originally, the event was set to take place in February of this year, but had been postponed due to low staffing at the Red Cross. Guest writer Kimberlee Walter wrote a detailed account of the importance of sickle cell donations that can be found here.

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