San Diego Blood Bank Katherine

The San Diego Blood Bank is asking for the public’s help in collecting 10,000 units of blood in January to keep supplies at safe levels.

Officials said that during the holidays there is a much higher need for blood, yet the supply is much lower.

“The new year is often a time for new beginnings and resolutions,” says David Wellis, CEO, San Diego Blood Bank. “We’re asking the public to donate blood — especially individuals who have never donated before — to consider giving a gift of health to others in our community who desperately need assistance. First time donors are often surprised how easy the process can be.”

Anyone in good health over the age of 17 may qualify to give blood, and 15- and 16-year-olds may donate with the permission of a parent.

Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are welcome at donor centers in the following communities:

  • San Diego Blood Bank Gateway Donor Center, 3636 Gateway Center Avenue, Suite 100
  • East County Donor Center, 776 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon
  • North County Donor Center, 358 West El Norte Parkway, Suite J, Escondido
  • North Coastal Donor Center, 161 Thunder Drive, Vista
  • Sabre Springs Donor Center, 12640 Sabre Springs Parkway, Suite 109
  • Carmel Valley Donor Center (in the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center), 3880 Valley Center Drive, Suite 209 & 210

A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to giving blood.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.