Following the tragedy of Sept. 11, blood banks across the country were inundated with donors wanting to give blood. It soon became apparent that there were going to be few survivors and that tremendous amounts of blood would not be needed.
Since blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, Imperial Valley Blood Services and the San Diego Blood Bank tried to manage the amount of blood coming in so large amounts of blood would not have to be discarded because it had expired and could not be used.
"We asked donors to please wait several weeks to donate because we would really need them then," said blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece. "It's been more than 42 days and we need those willing to donate then to come back now."
People of all blood types, especially "O" positive and "O" negative are needed.
With the long Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching, the blood bank is looking to shore up inventories to ensure blood is available during that time when blood usage is expected to increase while donations generally decline.