Minarets High School blood drive

The administration, faculty, staff and students at Minarets High School in O’Neals invite you, your family and friends to join them in helping save lives by participating in a blood drive on Wednesday, March 18. A bloodmobile will be on site between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All donors receive a free T-shirt.

“This month the days are longer, which means more time to go out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. But, before you do, please don’t forget your regular visit to a Central California Blood Center or mobile drive site near you.” said Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Blood Center. “The Blood Center really needs not only our regular donors to come in and give, but first-time donors as well, as usage this time of year tends to increase.”

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 Identification 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 30 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 Daniel Ching at 559-868-8689, or Rafael Cabrera with the Central California Blood Center at 559-905-4817