Two Important Dates to Mark on the Calendar

BLOOD DRIVE:

“We’re All in This Together” is the theme of this fall’s American Red Cross Blood Drive

In cooperation with the ARC, the American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 is hosting two community blood drives. The first will be Tuesday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second is Friday, September 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. at 15247 La Cruz.

Summer is always a difficult time to get people to donate blood—and with the Covid-19 crisis, the American Red Cross reported that nearly 2,700 blood drives were canceled across the country. These cancellations have resulted in about 86,000 fewer blood donations.

A donation can help save up to three lives.

To ensure safe social distancing, this drive is by appointment only. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “Post283.” You can also call (800)-Red-Cross (800-733-2767) to make an appointment. Donors are reminded to bring a photo ID and to eat a well-balanced meal before donating.

HOMELESS TASK FORCE:

Homeless youth in Pacific Palisades come to the attention of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness almost immediately.

The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness will host an online Zoom community meeting from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, September 21. The subject is “Homeless Youth: Hidden in Plain Sight?” (To register and to submit questions, visit: pacpalihtf@gmail.com).

The featured speakers will be Tammy Wood, a senior parent community facilitator for LAUSD’s Homeless Education program and Rachel Stitch, the deputy director at Safe Place for Youth.

In 2018, Safe Place for Youth, located in Venice, provided lifesaving support to more than 1,300 homeless transition-age youth up to age 25. (Visit:safeplaceforyouth.org).

LAUSD identified and served more than 15,000 school-age students identified as homeless in 2017-18.

This will be a chance for residents to learn more about the comprehensive work that Wood and Stitch do and how best to provide support.

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