County Church Hosts Annual Community Day

Brooke N. Garner | 9/16/2009, 1:59 p.m.

The Church of the Great Commission, located in Camp Springs, Md., will host their annual Community Day and Health Fair on Sat., Sept. 19.

Activities for children include face painting, moon bounce, basketball, dunk tank, and a martial arts and cooking demonstration.

Adults are encouraged to take part in the home foreclosure prevention workshop, energy assistance booth, dental service, prostate screening and blood and bone marrow drives.

€African Americans are in dire need of giving bone marrow,€ said Elder Lettie Carr.

The African American Community Health Advisory reports that about six percent of potential bone marrow donors, 200,000, are African Americans. According to the Judie Davis Marrow Donor Recruitment Program in Oakland, Calif., this means African Americans receive transplants from the National Marrow Registry only 3.3 percent of the time, compared to a rate of 85 to 88 percent for Caucasians.

The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call 301-423-8600. Church of the Great Commission is located at 5055 Allentown Road in Camp Springs, Md.