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Shreveport, La., July 31, 2017 – Friends of Juan Zuniga, who was tragically shot when coming to the aid of his mother during an armed robbery, are hosting a blood drive this week in his honor. Zuniga is the son of late restaurant owner of El Compadre Mexican and Seafood Restaurant. The drive will occur at the Shreveport LifeShare location, 8910 Linwood Avenue, beginning Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4. Blood donors will have the opportunity to add a personal message to cards indicating their donation in his honor. The cards will be delivered to Zuniga and his family, as well as a blood donor t-shirt also available for signatures.

Blood drive organizer and Zuniga’s friend, Caroline Samper says, “I love that our community is rallying together to support Juan and his family during this time. He is one of the kindest people I know, and I believe others would agree! Blood donation is a wonderful way to contribute and honor Juan on his journey to recovery!”

“One of Juan’s friends, Caroline Samper, contacted us Sunday to hold the blood drive in his honor. Together, it gives those supporting Juan and his family an avenue to overcome violence by helping others. Having a blood supply ready and available for victims, like this, is often critical for survival,” says Tina Martinez, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for LifeShare Blood Center.

The LifeShare Shreveport center opens each day at 8:00 a.m. and is open until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

For more information, go to or call 318-222-7770.

LifeShare Blood Center regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.

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