Firefighters, community members donate 69 units of blood during Pechanga/Red Cross Blood Drive

Pechanga Fire Department firefighter Edward Fletcher donates blood during the Tuesday, April 26, Red Cross blood drive at Pechanga Resort Casino. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Pechanga Resort Casino teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive Tuesday, April 26. With four Pechanga Fire Department personnel and many more donors from the public, 69 units of blood were collected at the event.It was the second blood drive Pechanga and the Red Cross joined forces for in two months. Ninety-three units of blood were collected during the first blood drive in March. The No. 1 goal is to make sure hospital patients have blood available for emergency and everyday medical care. The blood drive came at a time when the Red Cross and blood banks face a blood shortage.The firefighters told Red Cross officials they came to donate because they see the need for blood supplies every day in the community.“The American Red Cross wo
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