Give a Gift that Gives Life — Blood Donation Drives Set in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Give a Gift that Gives Life — Blood Donation Drives Set in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service   


Lancaster, CA. December 19, 2012 –
It’s a gift that doesn’t cost anything more than a little time, yet has the ability to save lives. The City of Lancaster staff urges citizens to give from their hearts – literally – by donating blood. Both Antelope Valley Hospital and Antelope Valley Red Cross will be hosting blood drives in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in January.   

“A donation of blood is one of the most precious gifts one can provide, especially in the wake of several national and international disasters; there is never enough to accommodate the needs of those requiring lifesaving transfusions. Help save someone in need; please donate blood whenever you can,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris.

More than 2,000 residents of the Antelope Valley require lifesaving blood transfusions every year. Your neighbor, co-worker, or even a family member could be one of those needing blood at some point in the coming year. The Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster will be counting on the community to fill local blood banks. Blood can be used in the treatment of premature babies, cancer, heart disease, complications of childbirth, major surgery, kidney and liver disease, hemophilia and G.I. diseases. Blood donations will be accepted on Tuesday and Thursday, January 15th & 17th (9 a.m. 6 p.m.); Wednesday, January 16th (7 a.m. 4 p.m.); and Saturday, January 19th (8 a.m. 1 p.m.). Donors 17 years and older can give – no appointment necessary.

The American Red Cross in Palmdale will also be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, January 15th, Friday, January 18th and Tuesday, January 22nd 1 7 p.m. Hundreds of Red Cross blood drives were cancelled in the East due to the super-storm, representing a loss of thousands of blood and platelet products. Blood donors can give blood to replenish blood banks. Donors 17 years and older, in good health and weighing at least 110 lbs should bring a photo ID and pre-register by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Lancaster Location — The Antelope Valley Hospital Campus at AV Outpatient Center, 44105 15th Street West, Ste. 305. Donation dates and times are as follows: Tuesday & Thursday, January 15 & 17 (9 a.m. 6 p.m.), Wednesday, January 16 (7 a.m. 4 p.m.), and Saturday, January 19 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

Palmdale Location – Antelope Valley Red Cross Center, located at The Chapter House, 2715 East Avenue P. Donation dates and times are as follows: Tuesday January 15th, Friday January 18th or Tuesday January 22nd 1 7 p.m.

For additional information regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Blood Drive, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/mlkday or call (661) 723-6077.  

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