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SAN DIEGO (June 18, 2020) More than 350 units of blood were collected over the last three days at the fourth annual Padres Summer Blood Drive, presented by Sycuan Casino Resort.
The drive ran Tuesday, June 16 through this afternoon at Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Parking lot. VIP donors included Vice President of Community and Military Affairs for the Padres, Tom Seidler.
“We are so grateful to the Padres and Sycuan Casino Resort for partnering with us to make the drive happen this year,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis. “With many organizations not being able to host blood drives right now, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Padres Summer Blood Drive is literally a lifesaver for local hospital patients.”
Every year, Padres Summer Blood Drive kicks off San Diego Blood Bank’s appeal to the community to donate during the summer months. This drive marked the first time community bloodmobiles were in the community since the onset of COVID-19. Supplies are always low during summer with schools out of session. This summer is particularly challenging as many partners are not able to host blood drives due to work from home policies.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).
About San Diego Blood Bank
SDBB is dedicated to community health by providing a reliable supply of blood to patients in need. Our vision is to further ensure the health of our community by simultaneously delivering related health and wellness education and services and extending into research. SDBB is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services. SDBB currently operates six local donor centers and 10 bloodmobiles. SDBB’s Cell Therapy Program provides lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide. For more information about SDBB, visit www.SanDiegoBloodBank.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Claudine Van Gonka/Manager, Public Relations