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Blind Community Hosting Massive Blood Drive

Northern California Blood Services Region

January 13, 2014
 

On Friday, January 17, the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – in conjunction with California School for the Blind, Ed Roberts Campus, Santa Clara Valley Blind Center and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired – will join with the American Red Cross to hold a one-day, multi-site blood drive.

The second annual “Day of Giving” blood drive will be held at 10 locations throughout the Bay Area and LightHouse considers it an opportunity for the blind community and its constituents to rally together in support of the local blood supply.

“Often in the past people have thought of the blind as a group who are the recipients of others’ generosity,” said Bryan Bashin, CEO of the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. “We’re hoping to change a bit of that perception by rolling up our sleeves and giving back to the same philanthropic community who has long helped us.”

The winter months are traditionally a difficult time for the Red Cross to collect blood and the recent severe winter weather across the United States further hampered collection efforts. Nearly 320 Red Cross blood drives were canceled in 25 states, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,300 blood and platelet donations.

“During winter, we rely on local organizations stepping up to help ensure that blood is available year-round,” said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for Red Cross Blood Services in Northern California. “The blind community’s willingness to sponsor an entire day’s worth of blood collection speaks to its passion for community service and desire to help others.”

Mobile blood drives will be held on January 17 at each of the following locations (please note specific drive times):

California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Avenue, Fremont | Auditorium
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
2470 El Camino Real, Palo Alto | American Red Cross Bus
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco | Auditorium
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
101 N. Bascom Avenue, San Jose | Auditorium
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley | Osher Rooms
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or schedule online.

And to make it as convenient as possible to participate, members of the blind community also are invited to donate blood at the five Red Cross blood donation centers in the Bay Area (Oakland, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Newark and San Jose).
 
“This is truly an exciting annual event for the entire Bay Area blind community,” said John Liang, Director of Community and Volunteer Services at San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. “It’s an opportunity to not only mobilize both the blind and sighted communities into a more unified alliance, but to harness and leverage that synergy for a singular purpose: to give back via a potentially life-saving contribution to those that have been so incredibly altruistic, solicitous, and charitable to the blind community for so many years.”
 
Though sponsored and hosted by the blind community, the blood drive is not exclusive to its members and all eligible donors are welcome to join in on January 17 and give blood at one of the 10 locations listed above.
 
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. 
 
About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


What: Blind and Visually Impaired Community’s Second Annual “Day of Giving” Blood Drive

When: Friday, January 17

Where: All of the following locations (please note specific drive times):

California School for the Blind
Auditorium, 500 Walnut Avenue, Fremont
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
American Red Cross Bus, 2470 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Auditorium, 214 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
Auditorium, 101 N. Bascom Avenue, San Jose
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Ed Roberts Campus
Osher Rooms, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers
6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland
140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
5556-B Springfield Avenue, Pleasanton
39227 Cedar Boulevard, Newark
2731 N. First Street, San Jose

How: To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)  or schedule online.