National deep freeze affects local blood supply

RIVERSIDE – Southern California may be one or more time zones away from freezing conditions that blanket much of the country, but catastrophic weather elsewhere is having a negative effect on local blood supply.

LifeStream, as a member of America’s Blood Centers (ABC), participates with fellow blood banks in a shared-resources program whereby members can

assist with blood needs of other members.

But due to horrific weather conditions, many ABC banks are closed, and LifeStream cannot turn to them for assistance for critical local needs.

The only way to ensure local hospitals and their patients are provided needed blood products is for members of the community to come forward and donate.

LifeStream donor centers and hours follow:

Riverside, 4006 Van Buren Blvd. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

San Bernardino, 384 W. Orange Show Road. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Walk-ins are welcome at all locations; to set an appointment or to locate convenient mobile drives, call (800) 879-4484 or visit

www.LStream.org.

LifeStream is an independent, local blood center that provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals.

For more information, call (800) 879-4484.

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