San Diego Blood Bank’s Padres Summer Blood Drive collected 465 pints of blood on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of San Diego Blood Bank

San Diego Blood Bank collected more than 465 pints of blood from donors during the third annual Padres Summer Blood Drive Tuesday. Donations exceeded last year’s Padres event, where 350 pints were collected.

“We are so grateful to the Padres, our sponsors and our community for helping to bring our blood supply up to a sufficient level as we head into the summer,” said David Wellis, San Diego Blood Bank CEO.

The annual blood drive at Petco Park comes at a time of the year when donations tend to decrease. Colleges and high schools host many local blood drives, so donations often drop once school is out for summer break.

“The summer months are some of the toughest for blood banks across the country,” Wellis said.“This drive is literally a lifesaver for local hospital patients.”

Donors at the drive received vouchers for two tickets to see the Padres play the Baltimore Orioles on July 29 or 30. Anyone who missed the event and still wants to donate can do so at any of the San Diego Blood Bank centers to receive vouchers while supplies last.

Eligible participants must be healthy, weigh 114 or more and be at least 17 years old or older. To schedule an appointment, visit SanDiegoBloodBank.org or call 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).

The Padres Friar mascot entertains the crowd during a San Diego Blood Bank drive at Petco Park on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of San Diego Blood Bank