Special MLK drive planned Monday

First Posted: 1/14/2009

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but in recognition of the constant need for blood donations, it will be no holiday for the local American Red Cross.
The agency has scheduled a drive that day from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the Elkin Rescue Squad building at 940 N. Bridge St.
But Mondays significance has not been lost on the events organizers, who say that in observance of the holiday, MLK remembrance pins will be given to donors.
The blood drive will be unique in another way, due to Monday also being designated as a national day of service by President-Elect Barack and Michelle Obama.
They are encouraging volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to make a difference by giving blood, cleaning up a park, mentoring at-risk youth or otherwise working to renew their communities.
Barack and I will be volunteering in Washington, D.C., our new home, said an open statement to Americans issued by Michelle Obama. I hope you’ll join us by taking part in this national call to service in your community.
She added, Now is the time to remind all Americans what ordinary people can accomplish when we stand together.

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