San Diego County Credit Union San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank to host a blood drive at seven SDCCU locations throughout San Diego and Riverside counties, collecting 97 pints of much-needed blood, which will help save the lives of over 291 people.
The blood drive comes at a time where the blood inventory is critically low heading in to the busy summer season. Summer is a challenging time for blood centers because while the demand for blood often increases, they tend to see a decline in donations as the high school and college resources they rely on often fail to donate during the summer break. Additionally, many people are on vacation during this time of year so sponsors have a tendency to hold fewer blood drives which strains the already stretched on-hand supply.
“SDCCU is proud to partner with the San Diego Blood Bank because lives depend on it,” said Teresa Campbell, SDCCU president and CEO. “We are grateful to the generous members of our community that came out and donated, as this will help keep the blood supply above critical levels and available to patients at our community hospitals. We are committed to making a real difference in the lives of people who need blood through our support of the San Diego Blood Bank.”
More than 30 hospitals regularly rely on the San Diego Blood Bank every day. With a shelf life of just 42 days, the constant need for new donations is critical. To learn more about the San Diego Blood Bank or for more information, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org.