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Central Coast community urged to donate blood amid winter shortages

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Posted at 3:47 PM, Mar 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-02 21:54:00-05

The Central Coast community is urged to give blood this month during a prolonged blood shortage that has been made worse by inclement weather.

Non-profit Vitalant is organizing blood drives throughout March in Santa Barbara County.

Anyone who donates will automatically be entered to win one of two $10,000 prepaid gift cards.

To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit, download and use the Vitalant app, or call 877-258-4825.

For a list of blood drive locations and dates, click here.