MURRIETA – The San Diego Blood Bank will host three community blood drives in the coming week.
The first will be held at Vista Murrieta High School, 28251 Clinton Keith Road, is hosting a mobile blood drive Wednesday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their multipurpose room.
Murrieta Mesa High School, 24801 Monroe Avenue, will be hosting a blood drive Thursday, April 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in their practice gym.
About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Approximately, 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10 percent do annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.
Donors must meet the eligibility requirements, including being age 17 or older, donors age 16 require a parental consent, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in good health.
It is recommended that donors consume an adequate meal and plenty of fluids before giving blood. Photo identification must be presented upon registration.
Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for their convenience, but walk-ins are welcome also. To schedule an appointment, call (619) 469-7322 or visit www.SanDiegoBloodBank.org.