OAKHURST, CA – The management and staff at Sierra Telephone in Oakhurst invite you, your family and friends to help save lives by participating in a blood drive on Thursday, Sept.13. A Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to take your blood donation. Donors will receive a variety of discounts from Valley businesses for dining, recreation, entertainment, and services.“With the long summer months over, we really need folks to please return to their regular donation cycles,” states Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Central California Blood Center.
“Many have been on vacation, busy with family outings, or, understandably, staying home due to the hot weather.” Adds Sorensen, “There are hundreds of patients, every day, in Valley hospitals who depend entirely on our donors’ good health and good will, and, we hope donations will increase again very soon.”
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 Valley community.
Time & place: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Sierra Telephone, 49150 Road 426, Oakhurst.