OffBeat and New Orleans Musicians Clinic host blood drive for Mother’s Day victims

UPDATE: As of Monday, May 20 – The OffBeat & NOMAF Blood Drive for Mother’s Day victims is confirmed.  The New Orleans Musicians Clinic will be out on-site on Frenchmen Street in front of the Spotted Cat, next to the Frenchmen Street Arts Market and just 2 blocks from the OffBeat headquarters, with a Bloodmobile mobile unit collecting blood donations this Wednesday, May 22 from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Those interested in donating should fill out and submit the online form below for more info. Walk-ups are welcome, but waiting time cannot be guaranteed without an RSVP or appointment. Please contact the NOMAF below for blood donation guidelines.

Thank you to everyone that signed up in advance to commit with this generous donation! Because of you, we were able to meet the minimum number of donors necessary for Bloodmobile to come out.

OffBeat Magazine is teaming up with the New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) to host a blood drive on Frenchmen Street for the victims of the tragic Mother’s Day second line parade shooting that occurred last Sunday, May 12. After discovering that there is no stand-alone blood donation center in New Orleans at which potential donors can give blood for those in need locally, the NOMAF approached OffBeat to help coordinate a mobile blood donation center in time to help the 19 victims wounded in the shooting. With OffBeat‘s headquarters located on Frenchmen Street, and given the importance of supporting New Orleans’ second line musicians and social aid and pleasure clubs, Frenchmen Street’s position as a music epicenter of the city is an ideal location.

Original Big 7 SAPC Mothers Day Second Line 2013 by Abdul Aziz - pink girls

Sign up to donate blood for the 19 New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting victims by Friday, May 17. | Original Big 7 Photo: Abdul Aziz

The catch: A minimum of 25 committed blood donors are required by the certified blood donation service provider, Bloodmobile, in order to confirm the mobile unit collection and delivery service for these victims. If you, or someone you know, is willing to donate for this cause please sign up by filling out the simple online form below and submit it by Friday, May 17. Once we reach 25 donors, we will post confirmation information online and via e-mail.


If at least 25 people sign up to donate, the blood drive will be held Wednesday, May 22 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Frenchmen Street in front of the Spotted Cat. Those interested in donating may contact Erica Dudas with the NOMAF at 504-415-3514 or for more information about donating blood for the Mother’s Day victims. Questions?


NOMAF 19 Mother's Day victims blood drive flyer



The NOMC is only taking walk-ups at this time.

Please only Email in if you would like info on future blood drives.

Thank You!

*By submitting this form, you commit to donate blood (if approved by the Bloodmobile staff as suitable for donation) for the 19 victims of the New Orleans Mother’s Day second line parade shooting on Wednesday, May 22 between 3pm – 9pm on Frenchmen Street.

OffBeat will notify each donor via e-mail, or NOMC by phone, once the blood drive has been confirmed..