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Massive Interfaith Community Blood Drive Working to Draw Donors to Red Cross in July

Northern California Blood Services Region

July 1, 2013
 

Faith groups throughout the Bay Area are once again teaming with the American Red Cross to help maintain the community’s blood supply during the summer months.

This July, more than 10 different faith-based groups are sponsoring the third annual Interfaith Community Blood Drive. The month-long event is comprised of approximately 40 individual blood drives, which will be held at places of worship throughout the Bay Area – stretching from Antioch down to Salinas.

“July is traditionally a difficult month to collect blood because schools are out of session and many people are on vacation,” said Jeff Meyer, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. “The commitment made by these faith groups helps bring in blood at a time when we cannot hold high school and college blood drives and many of our regular donors are out of town or otherwise occupied by summer activities.”

The Interfaith Community Blood Drive – which is the largest single blood drive in the history of the Northern California Blood Services Region – has collected a total of 5,527 pints of blood in its first two years. Its success can be measured not only in the blood that it has brought in, but also the groups it has brought together in the name of community service.

This year’s first Interfaith blood drive will be held on Monday, July 1 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 4770 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland. Representatives from the Red Cross and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be on-hand to greet and thank the first donors and speak with members of the media.

Individuals who are at least 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 physical 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.