There are many reasons to give blood. Meet some of our dedicated lifesavers from all over Southern California and learn about why they choose to give the gift of life.
"It takes one person three years to donate what [my son] received in two weeks."
Robert DiPinto | Jamul
"I have a rare blood type—O negative. Giving blood is a way to give back to society."
Elizabeth Earley | Talmadge
"I just never thought about donating blood again until this happened to me. This really does save lives—it saved mine."
Robert Fisher | Pacific Beach
"I feel that God has given me a gift that I need to share—he's using me as an instrument to pass on the platelets and blood products."
Thuy Nguyen | La Mesa
Thuy is a dedicated blood donor and chairperson. She hosts 4 blood drives each year, including one in December for her birthday. Watch this video to learn more about why Thuy donates blood.
“Roses are red, violets are blue. The world needs donors, just like me and you!”
“Take a look at your family and friends that are around you and imagine that in an hour they need blood. If you’re willing to give, you know, your family and friends a pint of blood, what about somebody else?”
Kat Winger | San Carlos
Heard an urgent call for blood on the news and started donating. Now she's a regular platelet donor.
"You don't have to be a doctor or a paramedic to keep someone alive or feeling their best."
Phillips Sanders | El Cajon
John Howard | Chula Vista
"You get to actually know the collections staff—that makes it a very pleasant experience."
Alexandria Erxleben | La Mesa
"I love being able to donate platelets and know that I am helping save the lives of babies in the NICU or cancer warriors needing transfusions. It's truly an amazing feeling to give life to others."
John Schwetz | La Mesa
One simple request and John started donating blood. Three decades later and he's at 135 gallons.
"I was asked to donate for a baby back in my hometown of Chicago. I've been donating since then."