CINCINNATI — Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a dedicated blood drive in his name.

The annual MLK Week of Giving blood drive, in partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, MLK Coalition, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Phi Psi Omega Chapter, kicked off Saturday, January 14. on Sunday, January 22 at all seven Hoxworth Neighborhood Donor Centers.

People who donate blood or platelets at any of the Hoxworth donation centers, or at select mobile blood drives, will receive an exclusive “Hero Mode ON” sweatshirt as a thank you. Additionally, those who donate between January 14 and 17 will receive a Hoxworth Tiger Stripe Beanie.

“Our annual MLK blood drive is something we look forward to every year,” said Jackie Marschall, spokeswoman for the Hoxworth Blood Center. “Dr. King once said that ‘Everyone has the power to be great, because greatness is determined by service.’ Rolling up your sleeves and donating blood is an easy way to give back and serve others in our community.”

Hoxworth Blood Center will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Blood and platelet donations are needed to offset the holiday closure.

Hoxworth is also currently in critical need of O-negative blood type.

Appointments are highly recommended. To schedule a donation, call (513) 451-0910 or visit Hoxworth. Donors must mention the annual MLK Day blood drive or the group code NUR at the time of their donation.

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, was founded in 1938 and serves more than 30 hospitals in 18 counties in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 100,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients at area hospitals.

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