Univision 19, Three Amigos Auto Center and the American Red Cross are partnering to host the Central Valley’s largest blood drive on Friday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The drive will take place at the Red Cross North Stockton Blood Donation Center and the Three Amigos Auto Center in Modesto.
The blood drive also serves to bring awareness to the critical role the Latino community plays in maintaining a diverse blood supply. Latino populations have a higher frequency of type O blood than other ethnicities. Type O positive blood is the most common blood type, and type O negative is the universal blood type which can be transfused to patients of any other blood type.
“This special blood drive is a great opportunity for the community to rally around a lifesaving cause and donate blood to help hospital patients in need,” said Lisbeth Garcia, Red Cross Donor Recruitment account manager, Northern California Blood Services Region. “While summer plans can keep donors from donating, the need for blood never takes a break. Blood collected on June 16 will help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others have the blood products they need.”
This blood drive comes at a crucial time, as the Red Cross sees a decline in blood donations during the summer months. Blood donors of all types are needed to help avoid a summer shortage.
To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use keyword univision.
Univision 19 and Three Amigos Auto Center blood drive
June 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Red Cross North Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 W. March Lane
June 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Three Amigos Auto Center, 301 Mitchell Road
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.