The nation's largest minority-owned financial institution is leading a life-saving effort to help the badly burned widow of activist Malcolm X.

Carver Federal Savings Bank and the Amsterdam News, a community newspaper, spearheaded a drive this week to collect much-needed blood for Betty Shabazz, who was critically burned in a fire last week in her Yonkers, N.Y., apartment.

The drive, held in Carver's basement, drew 500 people Monday, including Carver president and chief executive officer Thomas L. Clark Jr., one of the first donors. The bank will hold another blood drive today and Friday.

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