Blood drive Wednesday for victims of Mother's Day shooting



The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic has finalized plans for a blood drive in response to the Mother's Day shootings that injured 19 people in the 7th Ward.

The blood drive will be held Wed., May 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 617 Frenchmen St. (the site of the Frenchmen Art Market). The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, which held the second line near where the shootings took place, will be in attendance, and Erica Dudas of the Musicians' Clinic said there will be live music at the event.

The Spotted Cat, d.b.a. and Snug Harbor are assisting with the event, OffBeat is sponsoring and clubs along Frenchmen Street will be open to give donors a place to wait out of the sun.

Donors are particularly needed from 6-9 p.m., according to Dudas. If you want to donate blood, please email with the following information: 1) full name 2) full address 3) phone number and 4) preferred donation time.

"Our goal is 50 pints of blood," Dudas told Gambit this morning, "but now we're hoping for more."

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