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May 13, 2014 > Upcoming Red Cross blood drives

Upcoming Red Cross blood drives

Submitted By Jared J. Schultzman

With summer right around the corner, the American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make giving blood as much a part of their summer plans as barbecues, ball games and road trips. Donors of all blood types are needed.

ÒBlood donations often decline during the summer when schools are out of session and families are vacationing,Ó said Jared Schultzman, communications manager, American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. ÒBut the need for blood is constant. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment now to roll up a sleeve and give patients a chance for hope this summer and throughout the year.Ó

To help kick off summer, those who present to give blood between May 24 and 26 will receive a Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last.

The Red Cross provides blood to approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Each day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at these facilities.

Learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driverÕs license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Here are some upcoming American Red Cross blood donation opportunities:

Fremont:
Tuesday, May 20
10 a.m. - 4 p. m.
Kaiser Permanente
39400 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont

Saturday, May 31
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
South Bay Community Church
47385 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont


Hayward:
Thursday, May 22
11 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.
CSU East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

Friday, May 30
11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente
27400 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

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