Vitalant encourages Central Coast residents to donate blood ahead of July 4 celebrations.
The donation center, previously known as United Blood Services, said they are bracing for a shortfall of nearly 8,500 blood donations next week.
The center said the need for blood does not take a vacation, which is why it is important for people to roll up their sleeves and donate soon so they can have an impact on people’s lives.
“In addition to the typical summertime drop in donations, fewer donors are available because of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday,” said Susan Noone, Regional Executive Director. “This week, celebrate by giving blood and doing something good for others and yourself.”
Vitalant said donations from O-negative donors and the universal blood type are especially important this time of year because of increased car crashes and trauma cases.
Vitalant encourages both existing and first-time donors to visit its website or call them at 805-542-8500 to schedule an appointment.