Junior League of Boca Raton hosts drive to replenish blood banks after Parkland shooting
The Junior League of Boca Raton is bringing our community together this Tuesday, March 6th, asking volunteers to donate blood to replenish depleted blood banks after the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The OneBlood donation truck will be at the Vegso Community Resource Center (261 NW 13th St, Boca Raton) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to anyone eligible to donate who wishes to participate in the blood drive.
With your donation, you will receive a free OneBlood T-Shirt and wellness checkup, including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. According to OneBlood, there are actually many health benefits to donating blood “from reducing the risk of having a heart attack to discovering potential underlying health issues.”
Additionally, many of the reasons why people believed they were unable to donate blood are now in the past, explained OneBlood. For example, those “who received a tattoo at a state-licensed and regulated facility are now eligible to donate once the area has healed.” If you are unsure about your eligibility to donate, call or visit OneBlood’s website at www.OneBlood.org.
The Junior League of Boca Raton’s blood drive initiative is one of many philanthropic events by their organization comprised of over 700 women whose mission is a commitment “to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”
JLBR was founded in 1971, as their website’s history notes, and was established by its first two presidents, Joan Moseley and LeeAnn Burns. Alongside other 24 dedicated, volunteer women, Moseley and Burns created the foundation for the organization which present work has become three-fold, tackling the issues of hunger, child welfare, and non-profit support.
The League directs a wide variety of projects that address those three issues and help support its mission such as Community Garden, Community Diaper Bank, Feeding the Community Projects, Nonprofit Assistance Programs, Self Esteem Committee, In The Pines Project, Florence Fuller, Spirit of Giving Network, and Public Affairs Committee. For detailed information on these projects, visit https://www.jlbr.org/community-involvement/.
Adding one more project to aid our community, JLBR invites you to participate in their blood drive on March 6th, and receive a wellness checkup yourself as you give back to others.