The American Red Cross tells us that, “Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.”

That’s one of many reasons we can celebrate the remaining January church blood drive here, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Dickinson’s Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church, 300 FM 517 Road E.

Events for Faith Focus should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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