Blood Donors Needed at Pleasanton Community Drive

January 27, 2010

Police Officers’ Association Sponsoring Event With Red Cross

The Pleasanton Police Officers’ Association and the American Red Cross will be holding the first of two new annual blood drives on Thursday, February 18 from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue.
The library was chosen as the site for the drive because it’s a popular city hub, which draws a number of people through its doors each day. The Red Cross hopes that many of these library patrons will see the blood drive and choose to donate.
The Police Officers’ Association decided to sponsor this drive and another one on July 29 because the summer and winter months can be the most difficult times of year for the Red Cross to collect blood. 
“Winter can be a hard time to enlist groups to commit to holding a blood drive, but the Pleasanton Police Officers’ Association realizes the importance of maintaining the community blood supply and wants to support their community,” said Jay Winkenbach, American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region CEO. “In the winter, donors may avoid driving on a rainy day or be unable to donate due to illness, and in the summer they can be away on vacation. But blood is still needed.”
Perspective donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment for the upcoming blood drive. Appointments can also be made online (enter sponsor code PLEASANTON925).
Before donating, people should get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy meal. They should also bring identification to the drive, such as a Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license.
All presenting blood donors at the drive will receive a coupon for a free appetizer at Mimi’s Café and can enter a drawing for “free movies for a year”. The winner of the drawing will receive 12 pairs of tickets to CineMark or Regal movie theaters.
About the American Red Cross
The Northern California Blood Services Region, which provides blood to more than 30 hospitals in the Bay Area, operates a blood donor center in Pleasanton (5556-B Springdale Avenue), which is open Monday through Saturday every week.
About the Pleasanton Police Officers’ Association
The Pleasanton Police Officers' Association serves the Pleasanton community by donating to various local charities and organizations, and by being involved in numerous community related activities. For more information, go to