KLOS continues its streak of helping to save Southland lives
Southern California Blood Services Region
The 33rd Annual KLOS Blood Drive wrapped up in Southern California collecting 7853 units of blood.
The five-day, 20-location event gave donors the opportunity to help prevent a serious blood shortage for local hospitals this summer.
“During the summer months, with high school and college students on summer break, we typically see the donation rates go down,” said Tony Briggs, communication manager for the Southern California Blood Services Region. “A blood drive this size is incredible – each person who donated had the ability to help as many as three people with their donation.”
The donations collected at the KLOS Blood Drive are used at local hospitals helping patients battling cancer or heart disease, children fighting sickle-cell anemia, burn victims, and other traumas that require blood.
KLOS on-air personalities were on-hand at several locations throughout the drive to thank donors, pose for photos and sign autographs.
Donors received a voucher for one of eight rock concerts throughout the Los Angeles area, a limited edition 2014 KLOS Blood Drive T-shirt and other goodies from local vendors.
Nikki Williams and her fiancé, Scottie Resley helped kick off the drive at the Pomona Blood Donation Center as 2013 KLOS Blood Drive donor numbers one and two respectively. Both were excited to know they helped lead this year’s charge.
“We listen to KLOS all the time,” said Williams. “We checked the date and planned ahead so we were able to come show our support and donate. We had the first appointment, and so we showed up bright and early to give.”
When asked which concert they planned on attending, Williams was excited.
“We are huge fans of Heart and Nancy Wilson is my favorite singer,” said Williams.
Planning such a large event starts months in advance. The push for the next year usually starts the day after the current drive ends.
“The KLOS drive is unlike any drive we have in the Southern California region,” said Christine Fleming, biomedical services deputy director. “There are so many moving pieces that have to be considered when we are planning. We’re successful because we’re a team – Red Cross staff and volunteers along with the entire KLOS family; we move as one unit to support the largest media-sponsored blood drive in the country. We are so thankful to everyone who participated and we look forward to another fantastic KLOS Blood Drive in 2015.
About the KLOS Blood Drive
In 1981, 95.5 KLOS organized its first Red Cross blood drive at Los Angeles High School, collecting 250 pints of blood. More than three decades later, the KLOS Blood Drive has grown from a single-site, single-day event to a multi-site, multi-day event – making it one of the largest media-sponsored blood drives in the country. With the help of thousands of Southern California blood donors, the KLOS Blood Drive has collected more than 160,000 units of blood since 1981 for patients needing blood and blood products.
95.5 KLOS has been recognized with many prestigious awards for its dedication to the community and received the American Association of Blood Bank’s (AABB) prestigious Award of Merit for the Radio category in Montreal in October 2008. KLOS also was named one of five finalists nationwide to receive the National Association of Broadcasting’s Legendary Station Award at the Marconi Awards in September 2006. In 2005, the station received both the Service to America Radio Partnership Award and the Crystal Radio Award, marking the first time that one radio station has been honored with both awards in the same year. For more info, go to http://955klos.com