SUMMERDALE, Alabama — More than 100 heroes turned out on Thursday, Nov. 14 for the 14th annual Power of Giving blood, coat and non-perishable food drive, held at the Baldwin EMC headquarters in Summerdale.
“Our goal is always 100 units and I’m proud that we exceeded that goal,” said Rebecca Shobe, manager of communications and public relations with Baldwin EMC. “This is the season of giving and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are thankful that we are able to give back to the community and to those in need in Baldwin County.”
Staff members from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers were set up in Baldwin EMC’s Training Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to take blood donations. Shobe said officially 108 units of blood were collected during the drive.
Dozens of coats and nonperishable food items were also collected during the drive, which will be donated to Catholic Social Services in Robertsdale and Ecumenical Ministries in Foley and Fairhope, to be distributed to local schools.
The theme this year is “Give together. Live together. Together we are unstoppable,” said Mark Ingram Baldwin EMC vice president of Corporate Services and Public Relations. Signs in front of Baldwin EMC read “Be A Hero.”
Infirmary Health was also on-site with their new Cancer Screening Bus, which offers skin cancer spot checks, clinical breast exams and other screenings. Baldwin EMC will be accepting children’s coats and jackets in new condition now through Nov. 27. local charities to be distributed to children in need throughout the community.
To donate, drop by the Baldwin EMC offices at 19600 Alabama 59, Summerdale; 47525 Alabama 59, Bay Minette; and 21801 University Lane, Orange Beach, or call 251-989-6247 for more information.
Baldwin EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 80,000 accounts in Baldwin and Monroe Counties in southwest Alabama, including Alabama’s Gulf Coast. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.