This Saturday is Juneteenth and World Sickle Cell Day. To celebrate freedom and making a difference, people are encouraged to participate in a community blood drive this upcoming Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The upcoming blood drive is sponsored by the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, whose mission is to provide "comprehensive medical care and social services to local musicians, performing artists, cultural workers, and tradition bearers," as stated on its website. Started in 1998, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic is the first clinic of its kind in the country.
The clinic's commitment to supplying resources to creative people is shown through events such as the blood drive, as well as the variety of community programs they offer. Both Play It Safe and Makin' Groceries are current community programs that were established because of the pandemic.
Prior to attending the blood drive, it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment in advance. This is to ensure you have time to donate blood while also practicing social distancing. Bloodmobile units will be present on-site at 9820 Lake Forest Blvd.
World Sickle Cell Day was internationally declared to spread awareness and educate others about this life-altering disease. One way to make a difference in someone's life who has sickle cell disease is to donate blood. Blood transfusions are a critical treatment for sickle cell patients, and blood donations can make a huge difference in the success of their treatment.
To schedule an appointment, please visit tbcdonors.org.