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I have a close family friend named Joe who was involved in a freak accident six weeks ago that changed EVERYTHING about his life.  He was taken by life flight to the hospital and he remains in critical condition.  He was a busy Dad active in the lives of his 3 kids during the week and on the weekend you could find him riding his motorcycle in the country for some R & R.  In an instant, that was gone.   He has needed several pints of blood and it has become apparent to those close to him that the blood banks are experiencing a blood shortage.  Children’s Hospital is a trauma center for children who have experienced a life threatening event and they treat children in need every day.

If you live in Northern California, please support this blood drive to help Joe.  The blood drive honoring Joe is in Modesto, California on October 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church,  4212 Dale Road, Modesto, California.

If you can’t make it out the the blood drive, please take an hour this week to stop by your local Blood Centers of the Pacific or Red Cross BLOOD BANK to give.  This is something that we all can do and it’s a gift that changes lives.  For Joe and the children at Children’s Hospital and all of others that need our help, let’s give.

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– Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives!

– Donating blood takes less than an hour and makes a direct impact on the lives of others.

– Anyone 17 years of age or older (16 with a parent’s permission) can give blood.

– You never know when you or someone you love may need blood – and there is no substitute for it.

FOR BLOOD CENTERS OF THE PACIFIC:

Go to bloodcenters.org or call 1-888-393-GIVE.


FOR RED CROSS:

Go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).