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Hoxworth Blood Center Hosting Annual MLK Day Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati has announced the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day blood drive, taking place at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center with support from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and Be The Match.

Donors are encouraged to donate blood from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located at 500 East Freedom Way. A donor bus will also be parked at Cincinnati Music Hall at 1241 Elm St. from 10 a.m. to noon. 

All donors will receive a free commemorative tumbler, as well as free admission to the Kinsey Collection at the Freedom Center. 

Be The Match, an organization dedicated to providing unrelated marrow and stem cell donors to patients needing a life-saving donor match, will be onsite registering individuals for the bone marrow registry and providing information.

“It is the privilege and honor of Hoxworth Blood Center to partner with these organizations for another Martin Luther King, Jr. Day blood drive,” said Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. “Dr. King placed a great deal of importance on service, unity and community. The act of giving blood is an excellent way to honor Dr. King and his values.”  

Appointments for blood donation are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 513-451-0910 or by scheduling online at 

About Hoxworth:

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati was founded in 1938 and serves 31 hospitals in 18 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 70,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in area hospitals. Hoxworth Blood Center. All Types Welcome.

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated:

Alpha Phi Alpha (?F?) is the first African American, inter-collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity founded  of December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The fraternity has over 290,000 members and has been open to men of all races since 1940. Currently, there are more than 730 active chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. Alpha addresses social issues such as apartheid, AIDS, urban housing, and other economic, cultural and political issues of interest to people of color. It also conducts philanthropic programming initiatives with March of Dimes, Head Start, Boy Scouts of America, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Psi Omega Chapter was chartered in 2002 in Forest Park, Ohio and has established herself as a vital part of the community through numerous service projects and offering thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to deserving Cincinnati-area students. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908.  It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.  Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 290,000 members in 1,007 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and in the Middle East. 

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