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MDA gets record donation for rocket-proof blood center

Atlanta-based Marcus Foundation gives $25 million for new Ramle facility to replace existing Tel Hasahomer center vulnerable to Hamas rocket attacks

A woman working at Magen David Adoms *101 emergency hotline in Ashdod on Wednesday. (Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)
A woman working at Magen David Adoms *101 emergency hotline in Ashdod on Wednesday. (Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

American Friends of Magen David Adom has received a donation of $25 million, the largest single gift benefiting the provider of emergency services in Israel.

The Atlanta-based Marcus Foundation donated the funds to build a new blood services center that will increase protection against terrorist attacks and be better able to serve the country’s growing population.

The new blood center, to be named the Marcus National Blood Services Center, will be located in Ramle, in central Israel. It will replace a facility in Tel Hashomer that is vulnerable to rocket attacks from Gaza, the organization said in a news release.

The new facility will have ventilation systems to counter chemical attacks, and house modern laboratories and blood-processing units, according to the news release.

“MDA ensures that the people of Israel have a secure blood supply — the blood they need, when they need it,” Bernie Marcus, the foundation’s co-founder, said in the news release.

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