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Giving Tuesday Starts on Monday in Madera

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  • Written By: Sherrie Bakke

Christmas tree Madera, CA November 14, 2018 - Madera Community Hospital is pleased to host the Evening Lion’s inaugural Community Blood Drive on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Each month, Madera Community Hospital provides an average of 100 pints of blood for patients needing transfusions. The Madera Evening Lion’s Club responded to the need to replenish what our community uses by promoting and coordinating a blood drive on the eve of Giving Tuesday.

“Don’t be a chicken – give blood,” said Lion’s Club member and blood drive coordinator, Bill Dawson. “Anyone who donates blood, at the November 26 event, will receive a gift certificate for a chicken dinner from one of our supporting restaurants,” said Dawson. “If the incentive to save a life by giving blood isn’t enough, we hope our community will be motivated to spend time donating in exchange for a meal,” Dawson added. Chicken dinner certificates have been donated from Country Waffles, Diciccos Italian Restaurant, Fastway Chicken, Roundtable Pizza and The Vineyard Restaurant.

“The timing is perfect. The Lion’s Club Blood Drive will be held the day before Giving Tuesday,” said Sherrie Bakke, Madera Community Hospital. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season. “The blood drive is a wonderful way to begin the season of giving. We will celebrate the gift of life on Giving Tuesday during our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony,” Bakke added.

Community Blood Drive: Monday, November 26, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Madera Community Hospital Annex Building, Shebelut Room. Donation appointment can be made at or simply walk in to give. Students 16 & 17 can donate with parental consent. Find out other donation information at First time donors may take up to 45 minutes to register and complete the blood draw.

Community Christmas Tree Lighting: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 5:30 p.m. at Madera Community Hospital. The 40 foot redwood will be lit with colored lights. Bring family and friends for caroling, hot beverages and holiday treats. No reservations required.

For more information about these events and Madera Community Hospital call (559) 675-5502 or log on to