Help celebrate the American Red Cross’ century of service in Central California by donating at the Red Cross of the Pacific Coast community blood drive Monday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 2707 State St. in Santa Barbara.
A Red Cross chapter was established in California in 1917. Today, the Red Cross Central California Region serves more than 4.4 million residents throughout 10 counties. With the support of volunteers and donors, the Red Cross has expanded to help countless people, including those in need of blood.
“The Red Cross depends on the generosity of blood donors to help patients in need of blood products, including those in our community,” said Michael McAdam, Donor Recruitment account manager, Southern California Blood Services Region. “We are grateful for the community and the volunteer donors for supporting the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
All who come out to give at the Red Cross of the Pacific Coast community blood drive will receive a Red Cross centennial pin and refreshments, while supplies last.
To make an appointment at the Red Cross of Santa Barbara 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 arcsb.
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.