Blood Centers Of The Pacific Urges Blood Donations To Boost Supply In Advance Of Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2018 14:00 pm · 9 comments

Blood Centers of the Pacific urges area residents to donate blood before the long Memorial Day weekend. This will help boost a low supply and meet the transfusion needs of patients during the upcoming holiday.

Currently, platelet usage by hospital patients is slightly higher than average while in some areas it is considerably higher.

Platelets are a special component of blood that helps control bleeding. They have a shelf life of only 5 days so it’s extremely important to continuously replenish the supply.

“Right now, we’re seeing an increase in the number of platelets needed by patients,” Nicole Anderson, Regional Director, Blood Centers of the Pacific, said. “We work hard to efficiently manage the community blood supply, but it can be challenging at times to predict which components may be needed more than others on any given day or week.”

Blood Centers of the Pacific is part of the Blood Systems network of regional and community blood centers. This network is leveraged to assure enough blood is available where it’s needed most.

Part of this resource sharing includes transferring platelets and other blood components from one area with a lesser need to another area with a greater need.

Those who wish to help may call 800-707-8483. Those who donate now through May 28th will be able to receive a free movie ticket.

Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 or 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. More information is at

Simonpure May 24, 2018 at 2:34 PM

I’d love to help out but I have Trypanophobia real bad. Just thinking about it freaks me out.

DONK May 24, 2018 at 2:48 PM

nope!!! u will never get one drop!

K May 24, 2018 at 9:38 PM


Sign from Above May 25, 2018 at 8:22 AM

But I bet you’ll readily accept it if you need someone else’s!

Kristine May 24, 2018 at 3:03 PM

I was told a couple of years ago you can’t donate if you are over 45. Is that still true

Lt May 24, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Not true. I’m 56 and I donate regularly.

Julias May 24, 2018 at 7:37 PM

Tried to schedule an appointment. Next available around concord is 6/4. What gives?

AJ May 25, 2018 at 8:38 AM

If they are so desperate for blood donations than they should allow gay men to donate just saying.

KM May 25, 2018 at 11:09 PM

Yeah….donate blood on this holiday weekend to some jackbag that over does it, has or causes a tragedy and needs “help”….I’m O- RH Negative and will hang onto it.

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