Blood donors offered ice cream
Anyone who is present to donate blood from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the South Tahoe Community blood drive will receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream. The blood drive, which is sponsored by Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, is all walk-ins and childcare is available. The drive will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Organizers of the blood drive have a goal to collect 1,000 pints of blood in 2006. To date 300 pints of blood have been collected this year. Blood donations help patients being treated for accidents, routine surgeries and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and hemophilia. Giving blood is easy, safe and takes less than one hour, but only about 5 percent of the estimated 60 percent of eligible Americans donate blood. BloodSource provides blood to Barton Memorial Hospital.
To give blood, donors must be in generally good health, free from cold symptoms for at least 48 hours, be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Prospective donors must bring a photo ID.
For more information about the South Lake Tahoe Community blood drive, call Dan Kerr at (775) 588-2376. For donor eligibility questions call BloodSource at (800) 995-4420.
Established in 1948 as a not-for-profit community blood bank, BloodSource provides life-saving services to millions of people in 25 counties throughout Northern and Central California. To learn more about BloodSource visit the Web site at http://www.bloodsource.org.