TEMECULA — This Veterans Day, everyone has the chance to help save a veteran’s life, receive a special edition Veterans Day T-shirt, and give them a valuable gift. Pechanga Resort Casino is hosting a Veterans Day Blood Drive with LifeStream Blood Bank, Monday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LifeStream supplies blood products to more than 80 Southern California medical facilities including VA hospitals in Long Beach, Loma Linda and Los Angeles.
Every donor will be provided a card indicating their blood donation in honor of a veteran. Donors can also write “thank you” messages and add their names. Pechanga Resort Casino and LifeStream will be sending the inscribed notes to veterans through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit who sends care packages to veterans and troops overseas. The blood drive takes place in the Pechanga Grand Ballroom, just inside from the main hotel lobby. The blood drive is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be made by visiting www.lstream.org/Pechanga. All donors will be entered to win a raffle for the chance to win a gift basket. Donors must also bring valid photo ID.
Donors must be at least 15 years of age; donors under 17 years require a signed LifeStream parental consent form, available at the drive and on the blood bank’s website.
California houses the highest number of veteran residents in the United States. According to USAToday.com, there are 18.2 million U.S. veterans in the country as of July 2019. To put this number in perspective, America has a total population of 319.2 million. Veterans Administration data shows more than half of America’s veterans are over 60 years old. Many of them, as well as younger veterans, need medical attention and blood supplies.
For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com.
Submitted by Pechanga Resort Casino