The 35th annual 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive, one of the largest media-sponsored blood drives in the country, is gearing up to help put an end to summer shortages of the community blood supply. Once again, the American Red Cross and 95.5 KLOS are coming together to rock Southern California’s airwaves and blood donation locations with a five-day blood collection effort aimed at helping stabilize the region’s blood supply for more than 120 hospitals across the Southland.
The 35th annual 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive kicks off on Tuesday, July 19, and wraps up on Saturday, July 23. Rock lovers across the Southland are invited to donate at any of the 20 blood drive sites throughout San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
95.5 KLOS fans will have an opportunity to see Gary Moore broadcast live from the Pomona Blood Donation Center on Tuesday, July 19, from 2-7 p.m. and at the Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center on Thursday, July 21, from 2-7 p.m. Blood drive participants can hang with their favorite KLOS jocks – including Heidi & Frank, Breakfast with the Beatles host Chris Carter, Melissa Maxx, Stew Herrera and Frankie DiVita – at various locations.
July 19, 1-3 p.m. Heidi Hamilton – Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center
July 20, 1-3 p.m. Dani Mathers – Torrance Blood Donation Center
6-8 p.m. Stew Herrera – Torrance Blood Donation Center
July 21, 1-3 p.m. Frankie DiVita – Pomona Blood Donation Center
1-3 p.m. Frank Kramer – Woodland Hills Blood Center
2-4 p.m. Chris Carter – Woodland Hills Blood Center
July 22, 2-4 p.m. Frankie DiVita – Santa Ana Blood Donation Center
2-4 p.m. Melissa Maxx – LAPD Hollywood
Those who come out to donate will receive a limited-edition 2016 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive commemorative T-shirt and a voucher for one ticket to a single event* below, while supplies last. Event vouchers are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.
Friday, July 29 Sinbad
Saturday, July 30 The English Beat
Thursday, Aug. 11 Summerland ft. Sugar Ray & Everclear
Saturday, Aug. 13 Miller Band
Friday, Aug. 19 Scott Stapp
Friday, Aug. 19 Guns N' Roses
Friday, Aug. 26 Micro Championship Wrestling
Saturday, Aug. 27 Which Ones Pink
Thursday, Sept. 01 The Wailers
Friday, Sept. 02 The Zombies
Friday, Sept. 09 Lynch Mob
Saturday, Sept. 10 John Kay & Steppenwolf
Saturday, Sept. 10 Lynch Mob
Saturday, Sept. 10 Led Zepagain
Thursday, Sept. 15 Orianthi
Thursday, Sept. 15 Gin Blossoms
Sunday, Sept. 18 Orianthi
Monday, Sept. 19 Black Sabbath
Thursday, Sept. 22 Get the Led Out
Wednesday, Sept. 28 Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Saturday, Oct. 01 Which Ones Pink
Friday, Oct. 28 Oingo Boingo Party
Saturday, Oct. 29 FFDP/Shinedown/SIXX:AM
Sunday, Oct. 30 Oingo Boingo Dance Party
Friday, Nov. 04 Three Dog Night
Saturday, Nov. 12 Which Ones Pink
In September Admission to the LA County Fair
Participants will also receive complimentary admission for one (1) to Madame Tussauds Hollywood, up to 50 percent off select San Diego Padres games at PETCO Park, and a coupon for a free #1 meal (1 taco or enchilada with beans and rice) and a chance to win a Beach Cruiser from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.
The annual KLOS Blood Drive comes when the Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a significant blood shortage and ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need. During the summer, many regular donors postpone giving blood due to vacation plans and busy summer schedules.
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets at one of the official locations for the 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), and use the sponsor code “KLOS.”
The 2016 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive is made possible through support from the Association for the Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), Perricone Juices, Southern California Honda Dealers, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Madame Tussauds Hollywood.
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 176,939 units of blood since 1981 for patients needing blood and blood products. This summer, the Red Cross and KLOS anticipate a phenomenal public turnout to break past records for the most blood collected.
95.5 KLOS has been recognized with many prestigious awards for its dedication to the community and received the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) 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
About donating 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 consent in some states), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.