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Three nonprofits will join together with the United States Marines Corps Thursday for the Lifeline Event, a fundraising endeavor that will give the community the ability to donate to a clothing, food and blood drive — all in one building.


“This event brings the community together and allows them to help not just one organization, but many organizations,” said event director Monica Sliva.


Sliva said the Lifeline Event was started by the United States Marines Corps as a way to help out recruits in town, but the event quickly grew to help even more people in the community.


“Our motto is to not leave anybody behind, so we came to do a blood donation and food donation to assist those in the community in need and this year we took it another step with a clothing donation,” said Sliva. “We’re expecting at least 1,500 to 2,000 people this year.”


Sponsored by the Turlock Firefighters, Assyrian American Civic Club and Turlock Christian Schools, this event will benefit the United States Marine Corps, the Salvation Army, United Samaritans Foundation and Delta Blood Bank.


Clothing donations brought during Thursday’s event will benefit the United Samaritans Foundation, nonperishable food items will go to the Salvation Army and money raised in raffle ticket sales and vendor fees will go to the United States Marine Corps.


The event will also host a blood drive with Delta Blood Bank. Those interested in donating blood must first schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-94-BLOOD or 204-0107.


For every piece of clothing or non-perishable food item donated, guests will receive one raffle ticket. For each blood donation with appointment, guests will receive 10 raffle tickets.


Sliva said there are over 60 different raffle prizes totaling over $7,500. Guests can pick and choose what prize their raffles tickets will go towards, with prizes including a $350 fragrance basket from Macy’s, a $300 table from Woods Furniture Gallery, a Pier 39 package valued at almost $300, $160 San Francisco Ballet tickets, $300 Napa Valley Wine Train passes and numerous restaurant gift certificates.


There will also be over 20 vendors for guests to check out Thursday, including Costco, Brenda Athletic Clubs, Turlock Firefighters, who will be selling their breast cancer awareness shirts, Paramount Court, and representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties.


“Olde Tyme Pastries will also be launching cookies with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on them on the day of the event,” said Sliva.


The Lifeline Event is scheduled from 2:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 N. Golden State Boulevard in Turlock.