Community blood drive planned at Young Israel

Pictured at a past Jewish Community Blood Drive are (from left) Kevin Sneed of the Red Cross, Judy and Bob Hellman and Rabbi Moshe Shulman of Young Israel, and Marcia Mermelstein, then-coordinator of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

The 12th annual St. Louis Jewish Community Blood Drive at Young Israelwill take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 6. There will also be a drive for the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.

Organizers of the drive said supplies of blood and blood products are traditionally low at this time of the year due to poor weather, illness and holidays, while many cancer patients, surgical patients and trauma patients require blood transfusions. 

In addition, organizers said the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry has seen increases in the number of families relying on the food pantry. Non-perishable items such as canned tuna, butter, canned beans, canned vegetables/fruits, pasta and cereal are always needed.

The blood drive is open to everyone and will take place at Young Israel synagogue, 8101 Delmar Blvd. in University City. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments take priority. To make an appointment, visit use code YIJS or call 1-800-REDCROSS . For more information contact Bob or Judy Hellman at [email protected] or 314-862-8432.