The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Honors Local Partners

As senior pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer devotes himself to preaching God’s word and spreading his message of faith to the church’s congregants. Active in his Greater Los Angeles community, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer has affiliated Faithful Central Bible Church with the local branch of the American Red Cross, known as the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.

On December 2, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region held a reception to recognize its partnerships with 86 faith-based affiliates and other community groups. The branch’s relationships with these organizations, among them Faithful Central Bible Church, has enabled a broader range of community outreach for disaster preparedness and relief. In fact, in the 2014 fiscal year alone, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has provided disaster preparedness education to more than 1,000 individuals, raised nearly $170,000 in donations, and engaged close to 30,000 people through events in the community.

To acknowledge the efforts of its partners, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region presented honorees with certificates of appreciation. Local Red Cross representatives also provided attendees of the reception a tour of the branch’s Emergency Operations Center.

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Donating Blood to the Red Cross

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, the senior pastor at Inglewood, California’s, Faithful Central Bible Church, earned a doctor of ministry from the United Theological Seminary and a doctor of divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry. As a spiritual leader, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer reaches out to the local and international communities through his support of organizations such as the Los Angeles Urban League and the American Red Cross.

As the holiday season approaches, the American Red Cross has begun a campaign urging healthy individuals to donate blood. As families become busy during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, blood donations at organizations like the Red Cross frequently decrease. Donating blood is one of the simplest and most effective ways to support the American Red Cross. There are, however, a few requirements an individual must meet prior to making a blood donation.

In addition to being in overall good health, a person must be at least 16 or 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Additional rules apply in certain states, for females, and in the event of a double red cell donation. An individual living with a condition like diabetes should consult with a physician prior to donating, while repeat donors must wait between 56 and 112 days before making successive donations.