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In a heartwarming display of unity and service, the local community gathered to celebrate Black History Month and support a vital cause at the School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) Blood Drive. The event, held in honor of Dr. Charles H. Drew, the visionary African American behind the concept of the Blood Bank, brought together individuals from all walks of life to make a difference.

Teaming up with the Fresno Chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), SOUL  was delighted to welcome Dr. Robert K. Mitchell, President of UNCF Fresno, and Director of Medical Services at Fresno State, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Mitchell’s address set the tone for the day, inspiring attendees to engage in acts of service and community support.

Adding to the inspirational messages was Dameane Douglas, a former wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and Field Representative for Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula. Douglas shared not only shared stories from his NFL career but also emphasized the importance of celebrating Black History Month and giving back to the community through volunteering.

The event was not just about speeches and inspiration; it was about action. Throughout the day students worked on various projects aimed at making a difference in the local community. The blood donation drive itself was a success, with many community members stepping forward to donate blood.

The SOUL Blood Drive had not only honored the legacy of Dr. Charles H. Drew but had also showed the power of community collaboration in effecting meaningful change. It was a day filled with hope, compassion, and the unwavering belief that together, anyone can make a difference.

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