Blood drive (copy)

Mothers Commanding Cease Fire is partnering with The Blood Connection to host a blood drive Saturday at the United Center for Community Care.

A group of moms want to give Greenwood the chance to give life.

Mothers Commanding Cease Fire, a nonviolence advocacy group founded by Shanna Childs following her godson’s slaying in a drive-by shooting, is hosting a blood drive Saturday. In partnership with The Blood Connection, the drive will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 929 Phoenix St., the United Center for Community Care.

Donors will receive a $20 Walmart gift card, and all a donor needs to bring is a photo ID or their The Blood Connection donor card.

“We just wanted to have a different way for people to give back to the community,” Childs said. “A lot of gunshot victims are in need of blood, so that’s part of what inspired this.”

Mothers Commanding Cease Fire was formed following a wave of violence in the community that took the lives of several men, including Childs’ godson Cody Hawkins. Childs and her family joined forces with relatives of Quatavious Freeman, Zykevious Ramsey and Tadarrius Robinson to seek justice for those men’s deaths while also spearheading community safety initiatives.

The idea to host a blood drive came at about the time the group was having fundraisers to buy security cameras for houses in violence-stricken neighborhoods, Childs said.

Besides having the Blood Connection bus set up outside the United Center, Childs said volunteers will be there to help visitors register to vote, in the hopes of inspiring people to become politically engaged.

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on Twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.