Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 12, 2010

Blood drives held in biggest time of need

To-be-annual event starts Feb. 18 at Pleasanton library

by Emily West

Whether it be because of illness or travel, donating blood isn't very popular in winter or the summer. This is of concern for the American Red Cross as their supply is limited and need is growing.

Andy Zyla, account manager with Red Cross, said the local donations typically are used locally. With the storms on the East Coast, however, the organization has a national network in place that could be utilized if necessary.

Sponsored by the Police Officers' Association, the to-be-annual blood drives will be held in the winter and the summer, with the first blood drive will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The second drive of the year is scheduled for July 29.

"One pint of blood is used for about three patients," Zyla said. "It's one pint, one hour and helping to save the lives of up to three people. How could one hour of your time be more effective?"

The hope is to bring in around 50 to 60 donors as well as raise awareness and visibility to bring in new donors throughout the year at the Red Cross location near Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Prospective donors should call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit (sponsor code PLEASANTON925) to make an appointment. Donors should be well rested, have consumed plenty of fluids and had a healthy meal and bring photo ID.

At next week's drive, donors will receive a restaurant coupon and enter a drawing for to win 12 pairs of movie theater tickets.


Posted by NYI, a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I hope the blood drive has a good turnout. Unfortunately because both blood drive dates are mid-week, it will be difficult for me and many others to participate. However, reading about the drive has reminded me that the drive isn't my only option and I can visit the local donation center near the mall.
Thank you to the Police Officers Association and the Red Cross for their efforts.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Are there any risks involved in donating and receiving blood?

Posted by SPikeroo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

The only risk to the recipricant is the possibility of contracting AIDs!!!

Posted by Barnton, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

My entire family hasn't been allowed to donate blood for many years because we spent more than 6 months in the UK - and we "might have Mad Cow Disease". They need to rethink their restrictions.

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