SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Blood Bank asked Friday for the public to donate blood over Memorial Day weekend to make sure local patients have an adequate supply.
Summer can be difficult for blood centers to meet supply needs due to donors taking vacations and schools being out of session.
“We’re asking our community to keep our blood supply at a safe level by donating as individuals, or hosting blood drives through local businesses, churches and schools,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO, David Wellis. “There is no substitute for blood – donations are needed now.”
Most San Diego Blood Bank collection centers will be open Memorial Day weekend and there are perks for donors.
San Diego Padres: Donate at any SDBB donor center or mobile drive between May 24 and June 4 and receive a voucher for two tickets to a future Padres game.
USS Midway: Those who participate in the museum’s blood drive will receive free entrance on May 28.
Just My Ticket: Attendees will receive one free ticket to the San Diego County Fair when they sign up for the Just My Ticket e-mail service between May 25 and May 31.
Next Tuesday, May 29, San Diego County Credit Union will host blood drives at six local branches from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- 6545 Sequence Drive, Mira Mesa
- 501 North El Camino Real, Encinitas
- 286 Town Center Parkway, Santee
- 790 West San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos
- 3455 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway
- 1475 West Vista Way, Vista