Blood Bank LOW on Blood and Platelets - Please Donate
My friend Mary Mount recently encouraged me to come by to Bank of the Redwoods while she donates platelets for cancer patients - get the story and tell our readers how much blood is needed. While I was there I met with Kent Corley the PR manager, and he gave me a good impression of our dire need for blood and platelets, especially with blood needed for Hurricane Ike victims and people injured by the train wreck in Los Angeles. The blood bank always takes care of local patients first and if it has excess inventory it can help those in need outside our community. Below is more information on how you can help - and who is eligible. I was amazed to learn that a mere 37% of the population can give blood. That makes keeping blood supplies full and available much more challenging. The information below comes from their web site - more later - V
Blood Brothers and Sisters
The common bond of blood unites us all. No matter who we are blood sustains us. Since it cannot be manufactured we rely on caring citizens to donate, forever connecting and changing lives with this simple act.
Every 15 minutes someone in our community requires lifesaving blood for a variety of reasons - traumatic accidents, surgery, and cancer treatments. Depending on the injury or form of illness, specific types of blood components are used. For instance, many cancer patients require platelet transfusions as part of their treatment. Platelets must be transfused within five days of donation, which means constant replenishment from dedicated donors is required.
The number of individuals in the U.S. who are eligible to donate blood is far smaller than previously believed - approximately 60 million fewer people. The new figures suggest that only 37 percent of the U.S. population is currently eligible to donate blood, and with anticipated demographic changes, that percentage is likely to drop.
"In the nearly sixty years of continuous operation in Sonoma County never has blood collection been more challenging than it is today," commented Public Relations Manager, Kent Corley. "The industry had the shared belief that 60% of the population was eligible to donate blood. With this new statistic, it makes a little more sense to me why we have had a hard time keeping up with demand. Add to that the huge number of layoffs we've seen over the past seven years in the local manufacturing sector and more in the mortgage industry just this week, you can easily see that we are fishing in a smaller and smaller pool."
As additional donor restrictions are implemented and the population ages, the country could lose more and more willing donors, which could pose an even greater threat to our national blood supply," said Karen Shoos Lipton, chief executive officer of AABB (formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks). "Ensuring an adequate supply of blood is increasingly more challenging, and these new data suggest it is extremely important that eligible donors give blood more frequently."
"Thank goodness for the people who donate on a regular basis," said Ryan Benjamin, Recruitment and Donor Services Manager. "We keep asking our existing donors to give more and they are tired of carrying the load.
Only 5% of our local population donates and that is unacceptable from a community that is so giving in other ways. I think there is a false sense of security out there - that someone else will donate. We need every person over the age of 17 (16 with parental and doctor's consent) to visit a blood drive to see if they are eligible. Some people know they are not eligible and that's fine. If you're not sure, please visit http://www.bbr.org/ and find a drive near you."
Blood Bank of the Redwoods
2324 Bethards Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Here is the web page schedule - please visit it often as it is updated:
|09/25/08||Petaluma||Plaza North Shopping Center||3:00 PM||6:00 PM||259 B North McDowell Blvd||Parking Lot|
|09/26/08||Petaluma||Redwood Business Park||8:15 AM||11:15 AM||1310 Redwood Way||Parking Lot|
|09/26/08||Healdsburg||Grove Street Plaza||9:00 AM||11:00 AM||511 Grove St.||Parking Lot|
|09/27/08||Santa Rosa||Kawana Elementary Health Fair||3:00 PM||7:00 PM||2121 Moraga Dr.||Parking Lot|
|09/29/08||Santa Rosa||Friedman's Home Improvement Ct||4:00 PM||6:00 PM||4055 Santa Rosa Ave.||Parking Lot|
|09/30/08||Petaluma||Lucky - Lakeville||4:00 PM||7:00 PM||939 Lakeville Highway||Parking Lot|
|09/30/08||Sonoma||Maxwell Village Shopping Ctr||3:00 PM||6:30 PM||19111 Sonoma Highway||Parking Lot|
|10/01/08||Healdsburg||Latter-Day Saints Church||3:00 PM||6:30 PM||310 Powell Ave||Cultural Hall|
|10/01/08||Cloverdale||Cloverdale Fairgrounds||3:00 PM||6:00 PM||1 Citrus Fair Dr||Tea Room|
|10/01/08||Rohnert Park||TCBY||2:30 PM||6:30 PM||7285 Snyder Ln||Parking Lot|
|10/01/08||Graton||Graton Fire Protection Dist||3:30 PM||6:30 PM||North Main & Ross Rd.||Parking Lot|
|10/02/08||Petaluma||G & G Market||3:00 PM||6:30 PM||701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy||Parking Lot|
|10/02/08||Sebastopol||O'Reilly Media||9:30 AM||12:30 PM||1005 Gravenstein Hwy N||Parking Lot|
|10/02/08||Santa Rosa||Marmot||11:00 AM||2:00 PM||2321 Circadian Wy||Parking Lot|
|10/04/08||Petaluma||Petaluma Theater District||12:00 PM||3:00 PM||Suite 109 C Street||Corner of 1st & C|
|10/05/08||Petaluma||New Life Christian Fellowship||10:30 AM||1:30 PM||1310 Clegg St.||Secondary Room|
|10/05/08||Healdsburg||Healdsburg District Hospital||11:00 AM||3:00 PM||1375 University Ave||South Side of Main Entrance|
|10/06/08||Windsor||Windsor Regional Library||3:00 PM||6:00 PM||9291 Old Redwood Hwy||Conference Room|
|10/07/08||Petaluma||Washington Square Shopping Ctr||3:00 PM||6:00 PM||373 South McDowell Blvd||Parking Lot|
|10/07/08||Santa Rosa||Sonoma County Water Agaency||7:30 AM||10:30 AM||2060 West College Ave||Finely Ctr Parking Lot|
|10/08/08||Rohnert Park||Longs Drugs||3:00 PM||6:00 PM||6378 Commerce Blvd||Parking Lot|
|10/08/08||Forestville||Forestville Fire Dept||4:00 PM||7:00 PM||6554 Mirabel Rd.||Fire Station|
|10/08/08||Santa Rosa||S.C.O.E.||8:00 AM||11:00 AM||5340 Skylane Blvd||Parking Lot|
|10/09/08||Santa Rosa||Kaiser||3:00 PM||7:00 PM||401 Bicentennial Wy||Parking Lot|
|10/11/08||Cotati||Oliver's Market||10:30 AM||2:00 PM||546 E. Cotati Ave||Parking Lot|
|10/11/08||Windsor||Johnson Pool & Spa||11:00 AM||2:30 PM||9650 Old Redwood Hwy||Parking Lot|
|10/12/08||Sebastopol||Safeway||10:00 AM||2:30 PM||406 North Main St||Parking Lot|
|10/12/08||Sonoma||Safeway||10:00 AM||2:30 PM||477 W Napa||Parking Lot|
|10/14/08||Santa Rosa||Santa Rosa Marketplace||3:00 PM||6:00 PM||1960 Santa Rosa Ave||Parking Lot near Applebee's|
|10/15/08||Petaluma||Long's Drugs - E Washington||2:00 PM||6:30 PM||365 East Washington St.||Parking Lot|
|10/16/08||Petaluma||Petaluma Business Expo||4:00 PM||7:00 PM||320 McDowell Blvd||Parking Lot|
|10/17/08||Santa Rosa||Raley's||3:30 PM||6:30 PM||1407 Fulton Rd.||Parking Lot|
|10/18/08||Rohnert Park||Pacific Market||11:00 AM||4:00 PM||901 Golf Course Dr.||Parking Lot|
|10/19/08||Petaluma||Catholic Church of St. James||8:45 AM||12:15 PM||125 Sonoma Mtn Pkwy||Room 9|
|10/20/08||Petaluma||Kaiser||2:30 PM||5:30 PM||3900 Lakeville Hwy||Parking Lot C|