The 36th annual 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive, one of the largest media-sponsored blood drives in the country, is gearing up to help overcome a summer shortage 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 donor locations with a four-day blood collection effort aimed at helping maintain the region’s blood supply for more than 160 hospitals.
Volunteer blood donors have helped make this annual summer event a great success since 1981. With the help of thousands of Southern California blood donors, the KLOS Blood Drive has collected more than 180,782 pints of blood over the last three decades for patients—including transplant recipients, accident victims and cancer patients—-needing blood and blood products.
The 36th annual 95.5 KLOS Blood Drive kicks off on Wednesday, July 19, and wraps up on Saturday, July 22. On July 19, at the Red Cross Pomona Donation Center, blood donors can enjoy food and refreshments from the Wahoo’s Fish Taco truck hosted by restaurant co-founder Wing Lam and ice cream courtesy of the Southern California Honda Dealers.
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 won’t want to miss the opportunity to see Gary Moore broadcast live from the Red Cross Pomona Blood Donation Center on Wednesday, July 19, from 2-7 p.m., and at the Red Cross Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center on Thursday, July 20, from 2-7 p.m. Blood drive participants can hang with their favorite KLOS jocks – including Frosty, Heidi & Frank, Ken Anthony, Marci Wiser and Frankie DiVita – at various locations.
Wednesday, July 19
1-4 p.m. - Wahoo’s Fish Taco truck, Red Cross Pomona Donation Center, 100 Red Cross Cir., Pomona
2-7 p.m. - Gary Moore, live broadcast from Red Cross Pomona Donation Center, 100 Red Cross Cir., Pomona
5:30 p.m. - Ken Anthony, Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
Thursday, July 20
2-7 p.m. - Gary Moore live broadcast from Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
1 p.m. - Frank Kramer, Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
2 p.m. - Frosty Stilwell, American Red Cross Glendale Chapter, 1501 S Brand Blvd.
Friday, July 21
2 p.m. - Heidi Hamilton, Red Cross Woodland Hills Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
Saturday, July 22
10 a.m. - Marci Wiser, American Red Cross Glendale Chapter, 501 S Brand Blvd.
11 a.m. - Frankie DiVita, Pomona Donation Center, 100 Red Cross Cir., Pomona
All who come to donate blood will receive one voucher for one admission ticket to see Sammy Hagar & The Circle, along with Collective Soul, a limited edition commemorative KLOS Blood Donor T-shirt, a coupon for a free combo meal from Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and a voucher for two tickets to the Laugh Factory!, while supplies last. Concert vouchers are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
Donors of all blood types are needed. Walk-ins will be accepted, but donors with appointments will receive priority. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code KLOS.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing 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.
The 2017 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 and Wahoo’s Fish Taco.
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.
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
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.