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      Magen David Adom Opens Israel’s NEW

      Marcus National Blood Services Center

      By Yishai Mizrahi                                  and Thomas R. Nides, U.S. Ambassador to Israel gathered      The current national blood services facility in Ramat
                                                         in Ramle, Israel, to dedicate the world’s first underground,   Gan was built in the 1980s and is not large enough to
         Dear Friends, I come                            shielded blood center, named the Marcus National Blood   meet the demands of Israel’s growing population or secure
      to you this month to share                         Services Center. The center bears the name of Bernie Marcus,   enough to meet the country’s needs in times of war. In
      fantastic news. On May 2nd,                        the founder of Home Depot, and his wife, Billi. The American   the past, during rocket attacks, MDA has had to cease
      500  Magen  David Adom                             philanthropists generously donated $35 million to the project.   processing blood and move the country’s blood reserves
      donors, friends and Israeli                        The event marked the moment of a dream becoming reality,   into a bomb shelter, interrupting blood production at a time
      dignitaries including President                    as this crucial endeavor had been in the making since 2015.   when it might be needed most.
      Isaac Herzog, Defense                                 A first in its concept, design, engineering, and capabilities,      In contrast, the new Marcus Center is shielded with
      Minister Benny Gantz (Blue                         the facility was built at a cost of $135 million, funded primarily   extra-thick concrete walls, blast doors, and airlocks, as
      and White), Health Minister                        by American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA). The   well as biological and chemical protection that extends
      Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz)                           new facility will double the country’s annual blood-processing   across three subterranean floors. The three above-ground
                                                         capacity and will save tens of thousands of lives every year.  floors house the Human Milk Bank, where mothers’ milk
                                                                                                           is collected and pasteurized for premature and ill infants,
                                                           “On a visit many years ago to Israel’s blood bank, amid

        Watch Your Speed!                                the missile and rocket attacks, I realized how delicate and   as well as the blood donation center, administrative offices,
                                                                                                           conference rooms, and dining halls.
                                                         vulnerable the blood system was,” recalled Bernie Marcus.
                                                         “I am happy that we participated, from the very start, in the      The first  underground  floor houses  shielded  blood
           Speeding fines are being                      construction of this wonderful building, where Israel’s blood   bank laboratories, a transportation center, and secure fleet
        enforced!  Fine  schedule:  6-20                 supply will be protected for all its citizens, Jews, Christians,   parking, where all new ambulances will be fully equipped.
        mph over the limit $50 and more                  and Muslims alike.”                                  The second underground floor houses the Umbilical
        than 21 mph over the limit $100.                                                                   Cord Blood Inventory for Stem Cell transplantation, an
        Please obey the posted speed limit                                                                 R&D molecular lab, and a chemical and biological warfare
        signs and drive safely!                                                                           air-filtration  system  that  enables  staff  throughout  the
                                                                                                           building to continue working and processing blood in the
                                                                                                           event of a chemical or biological attack.
                                                                                                              At the heart of the third and deepest level lies the Blood
        Vehicle Information                                                                                Storage Vault,  a  300-square-meter  safe  room  shielded
                                                                                                           against the most severe missile threats, in which Israel’s
                                                                                                           strategic inventory of 25,000 blood components will be
          If you have purchased a new vehicle within the past                                              safeguarded in times of war.
       6 months, please make sure the Boca Pointe Community                                                   Not only is the structure impervious to sophisticated
       Association management office has a copy of your current                                            terror attacks, but to earthquakes as well, as the State of
       vehicle registration on file. Your gate transponder is linked                                       Israel is situated on more than one fault line system, which
       to your vehicle so it is important that we have accurate                                            causes higher than normal seismic activity.
       information in our system. Please fax it to (561) 395-5936                                             Magen  David Adom,  Israel’s  National  Emergency
       or email it to                                                                Medical  and Ambulatory  Service,  is  the  sole  blood
          Thank you for your cooperation!                                                                  supplier to all Israeli hospitals, and the entire Israel
                                                                                                           Defense  Forces  (IDF).  In  turn,  25%  of  Israel’s  blood
          BPCA Management team                                                                            supply, comes from the IDF.
                                                                                                              On  behalf  of  the  People  of  Israel,  and  the  27,000
                                                                                                           paramedics, EMT’s and emergency personnel working on
                                                                                                           the front lines to save lives for Magen David Adom, we
                                                                                                           thank you for your support of this once in a generation
                                                                                                           critical piece of infrastructure, that will serve Israel for
                                                                                                           decades to come.
                                                                                                              For  more  information  about  the  lifesaving  work  of
                                                                                                           Magen David Adom, OR, if you or family members will be
                                                                                                           in Israel and would like to tour our facilities and see MDA’s
                                                                                                           work up close, please call: Yishai Mizrahi – Director
                                                                                                           of Major Gifts for American Friends of Magen David
                                                                                                           Adom in Boca Raton/Delray Beach at 561.571.6112 or
                                                                                                           email 

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