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Give the Gift of Life!

December 22, 2010 ·

 

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What if this holiday season you choose to help save a life?  Every minute of every day, someone needs blood.  That blood can only come from a volunteer donor — a person like you who makes the choice to donate.  There is no substitute for your donation.  The truth is that more than 500 donations of lifesaving blood are needed each day to meet emergency and ongoing patient needs in Southern California.  In fact, every 3 to 4 seconds of every day, someone needs a blood transfusion.

That’s where YOU come in.  Give blood often! Save lives often!

If you are a healthy person (with no infections or illness and no history of Hepatitis from age 11 or older), at least 17 years of age (15 or 16 years with a signed LifeStream parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds, you are needed!  LifeStream is a private, not-for-profit blood center, founded in 1951 that serves more than 50 hospitals throughout Southern California.  They operate five donor centers (click here for locations) in San Bernardino, Riverside, Ontario, La Quinta and Hesperia along with mobile blood drives held daily at local businesses, churches, government agencies and schools.  Their toll free number is 1-800-TRY GIVING (1-800-879-4484).

If you aren’t near a LifeStream location, please contact American Red Cross.  To find out where you can donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group.  Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.  Call and make an appointment today. 

Giving blood could very well be the best gift you could give this holiday season! 

Happy Holidays!

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