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Red Cross Calls for Lifesaving Blood Donations, Announces Special Summer Offer

Southern California Blood Services Region

August 5, 2013

Select blood drives on August 6 and August 8 to offer FREE general admission tickets to the L.A. County Fair!

The American Red Cross is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley, Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center, and the L.A. County Fair for two community blood drives to help ensure that there is enough blood available for local patients. While supplies last, all presenting donors at the following blood drives will receive one FREE general admission ticket to the L.A. County Fair.

Blood donated at these special drives will have an immediate impact on our community blood supply, which has dropped to concerning levels these past few weeks. The need for blood is constant. Blood for trauma victims, premature babies, and chronic disease patients is a life and death issue.

 “When you donate blood through the Red Cross, you can help patients nearby and all across the Southland” said Dr. Joy Fridey, Medical Director for the Red Cross Southern California Region. “We’re grateful to the Boys and Girls Club, the Sheraton, and our friends at the L.A. County Fair for their timely support, and we hope others will see just how important these blood drives really are.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center
601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona CA 91766
(free parking)

Thursday, August 8, 2013
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley
1420 S. Garey Ave., Pomona CA 91766
(between Grand Ave. and Phillips Blvd. – free parking)

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available to meet patient needs, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in California), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.