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  • Sign Up Now to Donate Blood on June 13th

    June 4, 2019
    Sign Up Now to Donate Blood on June 13th 
    Help save a life by signing up now for a blood drive hosted by the City of Santa Maria. Donate blood from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13th in the Vitalant bloodmobile.
    The location is the parking lot between the lawn bowling green and the Paul Nelson Aquatics Center along South McClelland Street.  This is directly across from the Santa Maria Public Library.
    To sign up as a donor with a reserved time, please contact City blood drive coordinator Mark van de Kamp at (805) 925-0951 extension 2372. City employees also will be donating blood.
    While donations of all blood types are encouraged, donors with Type O-negative blood are especially needed, because O-negative red cells can be transfused to anyone. O- negative red blood cells are often used to help patients when there is no time to determine the patient’s own blood type.
    Also, donors with Type AB (positive or negative) are needed. Type AB plasma can be given to all patients, and is the only plasma used for trauma patients and neonatal babies. There is always a special need for AB plasma.
    Blood donation is a community responsibility.  Donated blood can help a family member, a friend, a surgery patient, someone with cancer, a burn victim, or a newborn.  Donating only takes a short time and is well worth it.  Consider the need for blood:
    About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. 
    More than 95 percent of Americans will have a relative or friend who will need blood.
    More than 75 percent of Americans reaching age 72 will require a blood transfusion sometime in their lifetimes.
    Blood is needed every three seconds (nation-wide).

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