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African-Americans Asked to Donate Blood in Honor of Black History Month at Special Blood Drive

January 16, 2014

Contact: Fred McFadden

Annual Oakland event to feature live music, free food, kids’ art workshop, appearance by Raiderettes plus free admission to Six Flags for donors

San Francisco/Oakland, CA – In celebration of Black History Month in February, Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP) is hosting its third annual “Blood History, Our History” blood drive on Saturday, February 22nd, from 10am to 3pm, near Oakland’s Jack London Square area.

“The number 88 is significant because it’s been 88 years since Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated what was then called ‘Negro History Week,’ to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history,” said Fred McFadden, Diversity Blood Donor Program Specialist at BCP. “About 98 percent of people suffering from sickle cell anemia are African-American. Through blood donation, African-Americans can make a lifesaving contribution to chronically-transfused sickle cell patients and others here in our community.”

All blood donors will receive a T-shirt, an autographed photo and chance to meet the Oakland Raiderettes, plus a free admission ticket to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo. To add to the family fun and festivities, there will be free food, art workshops for kids, as well as raffle prizes. There will also be live performances by Bay Area Hip Hop artist, TheSekondElement. And as if that weren’t enough, the blood drive will also feature Bay Area African-American authors: Eugene Williams, Karen Kennedy, Adrienne Easter, Beverly Black Johnson and Bridget Snipes. All blood donors will receive one autographed book of their choice.

The “Blood History, Our History” blood drive is sponsored by BCP, in partnership with: The Northern California Network of Care for Sickle Cell Disease and Children’s Hospital Oakland, Sickle Cell Community Advisory Council, Black MBA Association, Oakland Technical High School, National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match, PHRESH, Give Life Save Life – Brittany Crawford Foundation, California Transplant Donor Network, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Élan of Eulalia.

What: 3rd annual “Blood History, Our History” Blood Drive and Book Signing
When: Saturday, February 22, 10am to 3pm
Where: ConneXion@ Jack London Square, 525 4th St., Oakland

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit click, on “Donate Blood” and enter sponsor code: HISTORY or call Fred McFadden at (415) 354-1381.

Blood Centers of the Pacific is the nation’s oldest nonprofit community blood center, providing volunteer blood donations to more than 50 hospitals throughout Northern California, including Children’s Hospital Oakland.

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