Give the Gift of Life — Become a Blood Donor on Wednesday, March 14

By on March 7, 2018
Blood drive hosted at Yucaipa city hall on July 6

The city of Yucaipa and the Yucaipa Rotary Club have scheduled the next blood drive and marrow screening in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall on Wednesday, March 14 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Although walk-in donors are welcome, appointments are encouraged and receive priority. Blood donations are collected by LifeStream, San Bernardino and Riverside counties blood and marrow center which maintains five permanent blood donation sites in the two counties.

The stories of the need for blood donations are included as part of LifeStream’s website. Consider the need for blood of Julie Paez, one of the three dozen victims of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015. Julie survived in part thanks LifeStream blood donors. You can read her story at: https://www.lstream.org/lives-saved/julie-paez/.

LifeStream recommends that blood donors prepare for their donation by drinking plenty of fluids prior to donating. LifeStream also encourages blood donors to eat foods rich in iron and vitamin C to boost your body’s strength (green veggies and citrus fruits are good options) prior to donating blood. Also, a few healthy salty snacks, such as a few pretzels, can help make your next blood donation a positive experience. Lastly, don’t skip meals prior to donating. Think of your blood donation as a normal part of your day. Don’t skip or add meals in your normal routine.

LifeStream’s general requirements to be a donor include being at least 15 years old, weighing at least 110 pounds and being in general good health. All 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds will require a signed parental consent form prior to donating. The parental consent form can be found on LifeStream’s website at: https://www.lstream.org/wp-content/uploads/Young-Donor-Consent-Form.pdf. To schedule your appointment time to be a blood donor call: 800-879-4484.