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Carbajal family blood drive returns to Arlington Dec. 1

ARLINGTON — The Carbajal family is once again working with the Puget Sound Blood Center to provide a community blood drive in Arlington.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the next Carbajal family blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arlington City Council Chambers, located at 238 N. Olympic Ave.

"My family has been asked by LifeCenter Northwest to host a winter blood drive," said Joyce Phillips, one of the Carbajal clan. "My brother Elliot has been selected to be one of the honorees on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float in Pasadena."

Elliot Carbajal was a long-time committed blood donor who died, at the age of 40, five days after a violent assault, when he was taken off life support on his father's birthday, Dec. 16, 2009. His family donated his organs, and has since promoted the causes of organ and blood donation to memorialize him.

"And now we get to go to California to see a flora-graph of my brother on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float," Phillips said.

The Carbajal family hopes that their blood drive attendees will also bring donations of non-perishable food items for the Arlington Community Food Bank. A raffle will be conducted for all donors of blood and food that day.

To make an appointment, log onto www.psbc.org/programs/drive.asp?URL=3877.

For more information, email carbajalfamilyblooddrive@yahoo.com. You can also "like" this event on Facebook as the "Carbajal Family Blood Drive."

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