Sierra Telephone blood drive

The management and staff at Sierra Telephone in Oakhurst invite you, your family and friends to join them in helping save lives by participating in a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 6. A bloodmobile will be on site between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All donors receive a sturdy CCBC Tote Bag.

“February is an important month for blood drives as we are challenged daily to keep up with the need. At this time of year, donations are often lower due to the flu season,“ states Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for Central California Blood Center. “We rely heavily on our existing donors, but must attract new donors to meet the ever-growing need for blood. Anyone who is healthy and meets the eligibility requirements is needed to give blood.”

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.

The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.

Details: Blood Drive Chairperson Lisa Morin at 559-642-0109 or Rafael Cabrera with Central California Blood Center at 559-905-4817