Help celebrate the American Red Cross’ century of service in California by donating at the Red Cross of the California Northwest community blood drive Thursday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Red Cross Chapter office at 5297 Aero Drive.
The Red Cross officially chartered the Red Cross of the California Northwest Chapter in 1917. Today, with six counties and a combined population of 941,000 people, the Chapter has one of the fastest growing populations in the state. With the support of volunteers and donors, the Red Cross has expanded to help countless people, including those in need of blood.
This blood drive comes at a crucial time for the Red Cross, as a seasonal decline in donations often occurs during the summer months when schools are out of session and donors often delay giving due to summer vacations. Giving blood at the drive will help ensure a sufficient supply of blood is available this summer.
To make an appointment at the Red Cross of the California Northwest centennial blood drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code centennial.
How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.