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Aug. 6, 2009 - Mayor Bob Foster, the City of Long Beach and the Red Cross will host a blood drive in Long Beach on Wed., Sept. 9 from 10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Long Beach Main Library.
“I know Long Beach residents generously give back to the community by giving their time and money,” said Mayor Foster. “This is an opportunity for people to give a life-saving gift by donating their blood and time.”
The Red Cross serves more than 150 hospitals in Southern California, including four in the Long Beach area. The goal for the Red Cross is to maintain a three-day supply since one blood user can seriously reduce the available blood supply. Having enough blood in supply is necessary for routine treatments and emergency needs. Blood is needed for people with cancer and blood disorders that require blood transfusion in order to survive.
“This blood drive provides a unique opportunity for the City of Long Beach to emphasize the need for ongoing donations and the critical importance of blood for hundreds of patients in the Long Beach area. Local residents, employers and employees, and frequent visitors can make an immediate impact with just one summer blood donation” said Cliff Numark, Director of Donor Recruitment for the American Red Cross Southern California Blood Services Region.
Throughout the year, less than three percent of eligible Southern California donors actually donate blood. According to Numark, shelf stock can reach minimal levels during the summer months and raise daunting challenges for local hospitals. In past years, hospitals have postponed surgeries while doctors triaged patients to determine those with the greatest blood needs.
Requirements for eligibility to donate are minimal. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age. Lastly, an acceptable form of identification is needed before proceeding to donate.
Scheduling an appointment is recommended to avoid waiting, but walk-ins are gladly accepted. Please call Heather Murdock at (562) 570-7162 to make an appointment. For more information, call the Mayor’s office at (562) 570-6801 or www.longbeach.gov/mayor.
10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WHERE:Long Beach Main Library
101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90822
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