Almaden Kiwanis Joining "Recovery 2011"

February 23, 2011

The American Red Cross has been forced to cancel over 850 blood drives and over 32,000 scheduled blood donations since January 1 due to the severe weather in the Midwest, South and East Coast. As a result, in this period blood collections are the lowest seen in a decade.

"Recovery 2011" is a national appeal during February and early March to recover the more than 30,000 units of blood unable to be collected. The Red Cross distributes blood nationwide so even though the Bay Area has not been hit by the winter storms, our support can help those areas that have been affected.

The Almaden Kiwanis Club is expanding its upcoming blood drive on Feb. 25 by 10 percent of its original collection goal of 32 pints.  The drive will run from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The drive will be at the Almaden Winery Community Center, 5730 Chambertin Dr. (off of Blossom Hill Rd.), San Jose.

The Red Cross hosts nearly 700 blood drives a day.  Just a few more people giving at each drive could help us to recover the needed blood in only a few weeks.

All those coming to donate will receive a badge of honor sticker for donating and being part of "Recovery 2011".

At any given moment patients rely on life-saving blood products. This need is constant - even in emergency situations such as severe weather. The quickest help will come from blood donors who are able to give at a blood drive near them. 

The Red Cross is grateful to those who are responding to this call to help the blood supply recover to sufficient levels.

All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative, A-Negative and B-Negative blood.