Livermore Blood Drive Reaches Milestone Donation
February 1, 2010
Community Drive has Collected More Than 2,000 Units of Blood
The Livermore Community blood drive, organized by local resident and businessman Thomas Petty, in partnership with the American Red Cross, reached a major milestone, collecting its 2,000th unit of blood at its last drive on December 18.
Each unit of blood collected has the potential to save the lives of up to three people, which means as many as 6,000 lives may have been saved as a result of the blood collected at the community drive.
Petty, from WSI in Livermore, has sponsored the community drive for more than seven years. In 2009 alone, the drive collected 397 units of blood over the course of six drives. Last June, the Red Cross presented Petty with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of his volunteer service.
“I am proud of the generous residents of Livermore, providing so much blood,” Petty said. The residents of Livermore have demonstrated a strong commitment to blood donation that stretches beyond the community blood drive.
The Lawrence Livermore Labs blood drive is one of the largest ongoing drives in the Bay Area. Last year, Granada High School collected 172 units of blood at a single drive – the largest number of units collected by the Red Cross at a one-day high school blood drive in the Bay Area in more than 10 years. And last June, the “Team KC” and Livermore Community blood drives teamed up in honor of Korrine and netted 135 units of blood in one day.
The next Livermore community blood drive will take place at its regular location and time – the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 19.
To schedule an appointment online use the sponsor code “RLCC”. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with written 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. Please bring a photo ID with you.
If you have any questions, please contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or Thomas Petty at 925-980-8164.