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LifeStream Blood Bank Appeals To Donors During Nationwide Shortage

There is a nationwide shortage of donated blood and LifeStream, your community blood bank, is making an appeal to residents to set aside as little as one hour to make a potentially lifesaving blood donation.

It doesn’t matter what type of blood you have all blood types and all types of blood donations are needed, including whole blood or automated donations known as apheresis.

In press release Dr. Joe Chaffin, LifeStream’s chief medical officer said, “Community blood donors make a huge difference in the lives of patients in desperate need.”  “There is simply no replacement for the lifesaving gift of blood, and I urge every healthy person in this community to strongly consider donating blood.”

Blood is needed for surgeries, to treat cancer patients, to assist accident, trauma and burn victims; for women giving birth; or prematurely born babies and only voluntary donors can assist in these cases.

Appointments to donate blood are suggested and may be made by calling 800-879-4484 or visiting LStream.org, however ,walk-ins are welcome at all LifeStream donor centers and convenient mobile drives.

Keep in mind that appointments are definitely required for making apheresis donations (platelets, plasma or double red cell) at LifeStream donor centers.

If you can today or the next couple of days please visit a LifeStream Blood Donor Center near you. Fixed-site locations and hours are below:

San Bernardino at 384 W. Orange Show Road Hours Mon-Fri are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Riverside, 4006 Van Buren Blvd (at Garfield): Monday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ontario, 1959 Fourth St. (at Vineyard): Monday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Victorville at 12520 Business Center Drive, Bldg. G: Monday, Wednesday, friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

La Quinta, 79-215 Corporate Centre Drive: Monday through Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In order to donate you need to be at least 15 years of age (donors under the age of 18 will require a signed parental consent form that is available at all drive sites), you should be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Also a photo ID is required.

LifeStream reminds donors to maintain their regular meal schedules and in the 24 hours prior to donating to increase fluid intake (water is best.)

LifeStream is your local blood bank. They are nonprofit and provide blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals.

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