The Sedalia Community Center is having a Blood Drive coming up on September 15.  Most of us will need a blood transfusion at some point in our lives. That means that you, your family and your peers will need the support of volunteer blood donors.

Thirty-seven percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, but only about seven percent actually donate.  That's really not a lot.  Approximately 60 percent of collections come from Blood Drives chaired by volunteers at schools, churches, organizations, and businesses.  Donating blood is one of easiest ways to support your community. Your donation will save the life of an individual right here, right now.  And the thing is, with the whole pandemic thing, blood is definitely needed even more than ever before.  If supplies were low a couple of years ago.... they're definitely lower now.

If you have never donated blood before, you are probably wondering what you can expect. Although the actual blood draw takes only a few minutes, the entire donation process may take an hour or more.  All you have to do is sign in, they do a mini physical, and then you donate.  It's pretty simple, and you need to do it!

And now, there's a little added bit of fun added into the mix.  Check out what the Community Blood Center is going to do this year!

Want to help save lives AND earn money for your favorite charity? Join us for the 1st Annual Community Challenge Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 15th from 10 am - 6 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church! The nonprofit* that recruits the most blood donors wins $1,000, second place wins $500, and ALL donors receive a free "We Bleed Blue" Royals t-shirt! Sign up at savealifenow.org/group, enter Group Code: EH4K. *Eligible nonprofits must be a 501(c)3 and must register to participate by Sept. 1, 2021. To register, email lnelson@cbckc.org for details.

Just turn up, announce who you're donating for, and you're good to go. So what non profits can you choose from? Here's the list!

First United Methodist Church
Sedalia Rotary Club
Center for Human Services
United Way of Pettis County
State Fair Community College Foundation
Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation
Broadway Presbyterian Church
Sedalia Elks Lodge #125
Boys & Girls Club of West Central Missouri
Open Door Service Center, Inc.
Child Safe of Central Missouri

Join the 7 percent with the Sedalia Community Blood Center on September 15th from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. at the Our Savior Lutheran Church. Added bonus, Central Bank is challenging us to get 100 donations! After all, you're killing several birds with one stone - helping your community, helping your favorite non profit, and... killing a Royal shirt?  Yeah, you're totally gonna kill it in that shirt.  I KID.

Donatingly yours,

Behka

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