Felton Community Blood Drive Changing Location
Northern California Blood Services Region
For the next six months, the American Red Cross’ popular Felton Community Blood Drive will have a new name and home.
The San Lorenzo Valley Community Blood Drive will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ben Lomond (9545 Love Creek Road) from May through October. The move is being made to help ensure a suitable temperature at the blood drive during the hot summer months.
“It will be easier to maintain the temperature we need at the site in Ben Lomond,” said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for the American Red Cross Northern California Region. “Our sincere thanks go out to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for agreeing to host the blood drive during the summer.”
- Schedule your appointment now at the San Lorenzo Valley Community Blood Drive
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The next blood drive will be held on Friday, May 24 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In November, the monthly blood drive will return to its regular home at First Presbyterian Church in Felton (6090 Highway 9). The Red Cross is hoping the Ben Lomond location becomes the annual summer home for the blood drive.
The Felton Community Blood Drive first started in September 2004. Initially held only four times a year, strong support from the community allowed the Red Cross to increase the frequency of the blood drive and in June 2008 it became a monthly event.
More than 2,600 pints of blood have been collected at the drive over the past nine years.
“We have an extremely dedicated group of blood donors who support local patients in need by donating at this blood drive each month. And we hope that most of the regular donors will be willing to drive just a few miles further to donate during the summer,” Schultzman said. “This alternate location also will give us an opportunity to attract new donors in Ben Lomond.”
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), 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 join our blog at blog.redcross.org.