Blood Donations Needed

Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. in the first week of the year had a significant impact on the Red Cross’s ability to collect blood.  Nearly 320 blood drives were cancelled–the equivalent of about 9,300 blood and platelet donations.

So it’s incumbent upon us who live in warmer areas to help out now.  Donors of all blood types are needed, but there is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

The American Red Cross and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SF)*** will be holding a blood drive this Friday, January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC), 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley (above the Ashby BART station).

To schedule your appointment at the ERC, please log on to, enter the Sponsor Code DayOfGiving or call 1-800-RED-CROS (800-733-2767).

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

***Other partners in this blood drive are California School for the BlindVista Center for the Blind, Santa Clara Valley Blind Center and Ed Roberts Campus.

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