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Published Thursday, February 8, 2018
by Staff Reports

As a day of service to commemorate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sponsored its 28th Annual MLK Blood Drive at Hargraves Recreation Center in Chapel Hill.

Partnering with the American Red Cross, the chapter exceeded its goal of blood donors by 124 percent. The goal was 37 units of blood, however a total of 46 productive units were acquired. There were18 walk-ins.

The late Coretta Scott King aptly stated, “Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youngsters, consoling the broken-hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream.”

A slogan for the American Red Cross is “The need is constant; the gratification is instant.” This slogan drives the MLK Blood Drive to help provide the gift of life to those experiencing a health problem. The drive was open to the community, and it helped the American Red Cross maintain blood for the needy. The idea for the blood drive began in 1989 to raise awareness for blood donations for sickle cell disease and later evolved as an annual event to commemorate the MLK Holiday. 




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