Community Blood Drive asking for Donations to Avoid Shortage

Berks Women Inspiring Women has partnered with the Miller Keystone Blood Center to host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 17th.

The emergency blood drive is taking place at the Olivet Boys & Girls Club Pendora Club, 30. S. 19 Street, from 10am to 3pm.

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Donations of blood save lives and this community event comes at a time when Berks County faces a critical shortage of blood.

Members of the community are encouraged to consider making a blood donation as appointment spots are still available on both days.

Appointments must be made in advance and individuals can sign up by contacting Diana Schaeffer at 484-755-2305 or visiting with sponsor code 8716.

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“We are so excited and blessed to be partnered with Olivet Boys and Girls Club and Miller Keystone Blood Center to help out our community and save lives” said Candice Newton, Founder and President, Berks Women Inspiring Women.

“We have learned that when we reach out to other organizations more can be done to help our community. We look forward to holding many more blood drives in the future”.

BWIW provides many resources from clothing, food, and help finding housing and a mentor program. They also walk beside the women to ensure they are not alone in whatever situation they are faced with. Last year, they held their first annual event “We are stronger together” where women spoke about overcoming their trials and finding success and healing afterwards.

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Berks Women Inspiring Women and Miller Keystone Blood Bank to host this important event which will ultimately save lives” said Chris Winters, President and CEO, Olivet Boys & Girls Club.

“Our experience grappling with the pandemic has shown us that we are stronger together and when we collaborate as agencies and organizations, we can accomplish a tremendous amount for our entire community.”

The Olivet Clubs provide a safe environment for youth ages 6-18 by providing programs that encourage character development, education, life skills, healthy living and exposure to arts and culture. These programs, along with guidance from our staff, allow kids to find their way out of poverty to become productive, outstanding members of society.

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