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Limited-edition SDBB 70th Anniversary "Celebrating the Past" T-shirt 

When: Sept 18 - October 4 (while supplies last) 

Where: Any donor center or blood drive. Visit or call (619) 400-8251

September kicks off our 70th anniversary celebration! We have proudly served Southern California since September 1950.   

In partnership with our community, San Diego Blood Bank ensures a safe blood supply to the region and supports a variety of wellness and research initiatives related to cancer, regenerative medicine and more. We distribute more than 150,000 blood products annually. The next 70 years will be filled with innovation, community partnership, and our continued passion for Saving Lives Today and Improving Life Tomorrow

One amazing way we would like to celebrate with our donor community is to offer a limited-edition T-shirt trio!  

Schedule your appointment and be on track to start your SDBB 70th Anniversary T-shirt collection celebrating the past, present and future. Donate blood at any center or mobile drive between Sept 18 - October 4 (while supplies last). Visit or call (619) 400-8251.

We’ve come a long way since 1950. Thank you for celebrating with us! 

Highlights of 70 Years:  

  • As the country stood still on Sept 11, 2001, San Diego Blood Bank cleared its shelves and sent 380 pints of blood to New York City with the help of the United States Navy. Blood from local donors was the first to arrive on the scene that same day. On that day and in the days that followed, donors lined up to give blood, many waiting in line for several hours. By the end of the week, more than 3,000 people had donated. 

  • San Diego Blood Bank has been serving Sharp HealthCare since 1954. 

  • SDBB supported the early development of open-heart surgery in San Diego in the 1960s. At that time, several pints of blood were necessary just to prime heart-lung machines. 

  • SDBB responded to a request by the Department of Defense for weekly blood shipments during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 

  • San Diego Chargers Blood Drive set the first Guinness World Record for “largest single-day, single-location blood drive” for surpassing 1,853 donations. By 1998, the Chargers Drive had increased collections 38% with a record of 2,549 donations. 

  • San Diego Blood Bank had collected more than 3,500,000 blood donations from volunteer blood donors. 

See full timeline here.