TEMECULA – With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.
While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.
The San Diego Blood Bank is partnering with several local businesses to host mobile blood banks in the coming weeks.
Souplantation in Temecula on is hosting a blood drive Friday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in their parking lot at 26420 Ynez Road, in Temecula. All donors awarded a $10 Souplantation gift card.
Barons Market in Murrieta on is hosting a blood drive Monday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in their parking lot at 40545 California Oaks Road, in Murrieta.
Barons Market in Temecula on is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in their parking lot at 31939 Rancho California Road, in Temecula.
Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are welcome.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org or call (800) 469-7322.
Make an appointment with the Red Cross to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org, calling (800) 733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.
With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give now through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email. Restrictions apply; see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at www.RedCrossBlood.org/Together.
Submitted by Red Cross and the San Diego Blood Bank.