ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – At least 26 people showed up Wednesday to City Hall with a heart to help those in need.
Comptroller Darlene Green, in partnership with the American Red Cross, hosted a blood drive for Sickle Cell awareness. The event was held in response to a shortage of donations this winter. The Red Cross has been especially in need of African-American blood donors to support.
Sickle Cell affects more than 70,000 people in the United States, most of whom are African-American.
“The people of St. Louis are very generous,” said Tyson Pruitt, public information officer to Comptroller Green. “We filled all of our appointment slots [for the blood drive] and we had some room for additional walk-ins.”
Through the blood drive, Green also wanted to pay homage to Dr. Charles Drew for Black History Month. Drew developed the first large-scale blood banking systems during World War II.
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