SOURCE: SoCal Blood Services

September 08, 2006 16:47 ET

Blood Drive Program Commemorates September 11, 2001

WOODLAND HILLS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 8, 2006 -- SoCal Blood Services is teaming up with local businesses and community groups to conduct blood drives in remembrance of 9-11. A $2.00 contribution will be made to the September 11, 2001 Children's Fund for each unit of blood collected at designated September and October blood drives. Blood drive sponsors are asked to simply select a date, reserve a space, and spread the word.

"Southern California residents need to band together to fight blood shortages," says Ann Coviello, Director of Operations for SoCal Blood Services. "Our September 11, 2001 blood drive program is a special opportunity for people to help save lives while supporting the educational needs of children affected by the 9-11 tragedy."

Approximately sixty percent of all people will need blood at some point in their lives. Even if an individual never needs to receive a blood transfusion, it is highly likely that someone close to that person will require one in order to survive. Blood shortages affect everyone to some extent, so it is crucial that people make an effort to donate regularly. A healthy, qualified donor can give blood as often as every fifty-six days.

SoCal Blood Services provides blood products to hospitals throughout Southern California. The blood drive team is composed of highly trained professionals who are committed to quality. Blood donations are handled under sterile conditions in a safe environment.

Donating blood is a simple process. Preliminary steps include registration, screening, and a mini physical. For qualified donors, the blood donation follows, which only takes about ten minutes. Lastly, donors are asked to relax and enjoy refreshments for at least fifteen minutes after giving blood.

All community members are encouraged to participate in this life-saving initiative. Anyone interested in donating blood or hosting a blood drive can call 1-866-8-DONATE for more information.

About SoCal Blood Services: SoCal Blood Services is committed to ensuring an adequate blood supply to the Southern California region through a dedicated staff, superior customer service and adherence to current quality standards.

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