‘O' blood types, others sought by I.V. Blood Services

October 27, 2001

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.


Imperial Valley residents throughout the Valley can give blood this week at any of three locations. On Tuesday and Wednesday, KSSB radio and Sizzler restaurant are teaming up to encourage donors to give.

Imperial Valley Blood Services' bloodmobile will be accepting blood donations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sizzler restaurant, 707 N. Imperial Ave. in El Centro. Northend residents are encouraged to give on Halloween from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at KSSB's Brawley studios at 790 B St.

All donors will receive an "I Donated Blood for America" bumper sticker, a free salad bar and beverage coupon from Sizzler and will be entered in a drawing for a one-night stay at the Oasis Villa Resort in Palm Springs.

Southend residents are asked to donate at the Calexico Wal-Mart between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Donors at that drive will receive the bumper sticker and a Wal-Mart gift certificate.

"While our hearts go out to the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., there are people in this community who need blood 365 days a year," said Burich-McNeece. "I hope that the spirit of giving we've experienced since Sept. 11 will continue and a new commitment to donating blood on a regular basis will come out of this terrible tragedy.

"As a community, we all need to be willing to help each other out and donating blood is an easy way to do that," she added. "After all, statistics show that four out of five of us will either need blood ourselves or have a family member or friend who needs blood."

For more information call 353-3554.

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