Healthy Living

Senoia Optimists to host blood drive

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Jennifer Ellison, a Senoia CPA, checks her cell phone as she prepares to give blood at the last Senoia area blood drive. 


The Optimist Club of Senoia will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive for the Senoia area Feb. 3.

The community drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Senoia United Methodist Church from 1 until 6 p.m. Because of the growing turnout at the Senoia blood drive, the American Red Cross has indicated it will provide more personnel and materials for this drive, said Senoia Optimist member Hal Sewell. 

 Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. is doing more than keeping people indoors; it's keeping blood off the shelves. Nearly 280 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled in 25 states, and the result is a shortfall of nearly 8,400 blood and platelet donations. 

 Donors may schedule an appointment to give blood at either the Senoia Area Blood Drive or another one that is convenient to you and your schedule. Your donation can help ensure a sufficient supply for patients close to home or in other areas affected by the weather, notes Sewell. Those who give at the Senoia blood drive will obviously know they have done something to benefit others, but in addition each participant will be rewarded with a free gift of special coupons from a number of local businesses. 

Senoia Optimists also plan to serve their usual grilled cheese sandwiches along with cookies and juice provided by the American Red Cross. The Senoia United Methodist Church is in the city’s historic district at 229 Bridge Street — at the intersection of Seavy and Bridge Streets.

Previous donors are being notified so that they may make appointments. Potential donors may also either sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Senoia Optimist Club member and blood drive coordinator Ivie Bowman may be contacted at 678-378-7151. Walk-ins are also welcome at these drives. Donors at the Senoia blood drive are again asked to bring one or more non-perishable food items.

The Optimist Club members will collect the food and make it available to a local food bank. Most healthy people age 17 and older or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. A single pint of blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and this important opportunity will allow the citizens in and around the Senoia area to once again rise to the need. The Senoia area blood drive is sponsored by the Senoia Optimists on a quarterly basis.

If you would like to learn how you can help in this or club projects, email the club at 21267@optimistmail.org or contact President Pat Veneziani at 706-329-2100. You may also visit the Senoia club’s web site at www.senoiaoptimistclub.org .



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