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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 1/29/2016, 7:50 p.m.
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors

Special to The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors. Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply.

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in,” said Jan Hale, interim communications manager of the Southwest Blood Services Region. “Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood now and help ensure blood products are available for patients locally, and across the country, including areas severely impacted by winter weather.”

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting http://www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

DALLAS

An estimated 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental illness across the nation. As churches develop ministries that seek to promote mental and emotional wellness, we are finding those who are living in the grips of mental illness are in desperate need for culturally congruent counseling that includes faith-based intervention/treatment programs. As a result, the Christian Alliance for Mental Health is on a mission to increase access to culturally congruent mental health services for the diverse communities by integrating pastoral care with professional counseling.

On April 16, CAMH will host a one-day conference for mental health providers, pastors, ministers and community leaders that focuses on the mental health issues facing those living in the Dallas/Fort Worth urban communities. It will also fuse pastoral and professional experiences to create alliances between local clergy and mental health professionals.

The keynote speaker will be Pastor Bobby Gibson, associate pastor and license professional counselor of Fellowship Ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Breakout sessions will include topics on ministering to victims of sexual trauma, overcoming multiple abortions, marital and couples counseling and much more. While networking with fellow stakeholders, attendees will enjoy lunch as they listen to the musical sounds of Divine Purpose. The day will end with a panel discussion on the topics of pastoral counseling and pastoral care.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Lancaster Veteran Memorial, 1600 Veterans Memorial Parkway.