Lab tech drawing blood from a patient, needle to arm (no blood shown)

The American Red Cross recently issued an emergency call for eligible people to donate blood. Individuals of any blood type are requested to come one of their locations to help out.

According to the San Fernando Sun, “about 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups during the July 4 holiday period than during a typical week” across the country. That’s approximately “17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week.”

We may be past the holiday now, but blood donations are always needed. And it’s a great idea to keep in mind that there are times when donation numbers can go down, and they are when donations can matter most.

Taking part in blood drives is a great way to help out in your community. We never know when we or one of our loved ones will be in need, just like everyone else.

Here’s a list (courtesy of the San Fernando Sun article) of Valley-area locations accepting donations and their dates:

Canoga Park

July 25, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Topanga, 21501 Schoenborn St.

Granada Hills

July 13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Granada Hills Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.; July 15, and July 19, 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.; July 28, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Euphrasia Catholic Church, 11766 Shoshone Ave.; July 29, 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.

North Hollywood

July 24, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Hollywood Recreation Center, 11430 W. Chandler Blvd.; July 30-31, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 10625 Erwin St.

Northridge

July 29, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd.

Pacoima

July 21, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 10390 Remick Ave.

Panorama City

July 25, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., National Career College, 14355 Roscoe Blvd.; July 25, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.; July 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.

Studio City

July 29, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., CrossFit Horsepower, 11559 Ventura Blvd.

Sylmar

July 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sylmar Library, 14561 Polk St.; July 28, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Didacus Church, 14325 Astoria St.

Woodland Hills

Through July 31 at the Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center; Warner Center Marriott; eaves by Avalon; and the St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church.

For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


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