Imperial Valley Blood Services, along with Valley Independent Bank, El Centro Regional Medical Center and Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in Brawley, is getting geared up for the long holidays with a series of blood drives planned to help shore up inventories of blood and blood products.
Beginning Tuesday, VIB, El Centro Regional and Pioneers are sponsoring the sixth annual Chargers blood drives at each of VIB's four Imperial Valley locations. All drives will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The bloodmobile will be at the VIB Calexico branch Tuesday and in Holtville Wednesday. Two bloodmobiles will be at VIB's El Centro branch Thursday and Northend residents can give at the Brawley branch Friday. Each donors will receive a long-sleeved Chargers/American flag T-shirt.
Blood supplies this time of year often fall to dangerously low levels when blood usage increases while donations decrease, said blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece.