OAKHURST, CA – The management and staff of Sierra Telephone in Oakhurst invite you, your family and friends to join them in helping save lives by participating in a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 21. A bloodmobile will be on site between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and the community is invited.
“At this time of year, blood usage is high, due to weather-related accidents, and donations are often lower due to the flu season,” says Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for Central California Blood Center.“We rely heavily on our loyal donor base, but must attract new donors as well, to meet the ever-growing need for blood,” says Sorensen. “Anyone who is healthy and meets the eligibility requirements is needed to please give blood.”
Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent).
Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.
The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our community.
Contact Blood Drive Chairperson Lorna Coci at 209-966-3631 ext 247,or Rafael Cabrera with the Central California Blood Center at 559-905-4817.
Sierra Telephone is located at 49150 Road 426, Oakhurst