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San Diego Blood Bank, SD Gulls team up for blood drive

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 19:55:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Blood Bank, the primary supplier of blood to the majority of hospitals in San Diego County, teamed up with the San Diego Gulls and San Diego Honda dealers for the first blood drive of 2021.

The drive was held at the Dana Hotel on Mission Bay, and the group collected 73 pints of blood for area hospital patients.

Donors received free snacks, a Gulls Gift Pack, and a limited-edition San Diego Blood Bank T-shirt.

The San Diego Gulls have hosted drives with the San Diego Blood Bank for the last four years, and over that time have collected 327 pints. Since each pint can potentially save up to three lives, the Gulls have potentially saved up to 981 lives.

San Diego Blood Bank is currently antibody testing each blood donation as part of their regular testing panel to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. It is important to note that their antibody tests will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure.