Donated blood at the San Diego Blood Bank. Image from video

More than 2,000 blood donors turned down a promotional item from the San Diego Blood Bank, which in turn used the savings to support two nonprofits to the tune of more than $7,500, it was announced Thursday.

In an effort to thank those who helped keep the blood supply stable during the pandemic through blood donation, the San Diego Blood Bank recently offered donors “I Saved Lives in 2020” branded items or the chance to support other nonprofit organizations by donating a portion of the value of the branded item back to either Veterans Village of San Diego or the San Diego Humane Society.

Scores of donors opted for the latter, resulting in $3,600 for Veterans Village and $3,900 for San Diego Humane Society.

“San Diego Blood Bank’s donors are proud to have partnered with Veterans Village of San Diego and the San Diego Humane Society,” said blood bank spokeswoman Claudine Van Gonka. “We hope these donations will help support homeless military veterans living in our community as well as the welfare of shelter animals in San Diego.”

To be eligible to give blood, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 1- 800-4-MY-SDBB.

–City News Service

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