The Bar-Kays are hosting their third annual “Bar-Kays and Friends” blood drive with Lifeblood on Thursday, September 15 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum. The American soul and R&B group is encouraging leaders and those in the music community to give back by donating blood.
“After hearing stories about local patients that need blood to live, we wanted to volunteer our time and blood for our community,” said James Alexander and Larry Dodson, Sr. of the Bar-Kays. “We’re challenging all of the local musicians and our fans to donate blood on September 15 at the Lifeblood drive.”
Boo Mitchell, Sweet Angel, Sir Charles Jones and many others from the Memphis music community are also supporting the blood drive efforts. Members of the Bar-Kays and other musicians will sign autographs and pose for pictures with blood donors at the blood drive.
September is also National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and Memphis has the second highest population of adult sickle cell patients in the United States. Because of complications of the disease, patients with sickle cell disease can require up to four units of blood per month for life.
Sickle Cell disease predominately affects the African-American community and research shows that blood donors with the same ethnic background provide the best match to those with the disease.
Successful donors will receive a Lifeblood T-shirt and refreshments after their blood donation. Donors who wish to make an appointment to donate may call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD or visit www.clublifeblood.org. Blood donations will also be accepted at any of Lifeblood five neighborhood donor centers. For a list of donor centers, visit www.Lifeblood.org.