Northern California can schedule donation appointments at BloodSource.org or 866.822.5663
SACRAMENTO, CA – Blood donors across the country are being asked to give blood as soon as possible over the next several days to help ensure patient blood needs can continue to be met despite the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism issued a news release calling for blood donations across the country Sunday afternoon.
In addition to working to meet patient needs throughout Northern and Central California, BloodSource has provided blood to other areas around the U.S. in support of disaster relief efforts. BloodSource continues to stand ready for further assistance, thanks to the generosity of regional blood donors.
In the wake of the storm, many blood drives have been cancelled and donor centers closed in the affected areas. With more sustained rain forecasted, these cancellations and closures are likely to rise. BloodSource needs the community’s help to ensure a safe and adequate supply not only for our community but for the communities impacted by this massive storm.
As noted in the AABB news release type O blood donations are the most critically needed at this time, however all blood types are welcome. Blood centers across the country are working together in this effort. BloodSource urges both existing and first-time donors to make and keep appointments over the next several days and in the coming weeks. Visit BloodSource.org or call 866.822.5663 to schedule an appointment at one of 15 BloodSource donor centers throughout Northern and Central California or visit any community blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome at any BloodSource location.
The timing of this storm is especially concerning as we approach the Labor Day – a time when donations dramatically decline across the country due to the three-day holiday weekend.
Individuals who are as young as 16 years of age (with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood.
As part of Blood Systems Blood Services Division, BloodSource is included in a multi-state system of blood centers. This network works in tandem, moving lifesaving donations throughout the system to help ensure blood is available when and where it’s needed most.
BloodSource has been this area’s nonprofit community blood provider since1948, and serves patients in more than 40 hospitals throughout Northern and Central California. It is a Blood Systems blood center. Blood Systems is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, currently serving more than 1,000 hospital and healthcare partners across 28 states to provide comprehensive transfusion medicine services for patients in need.