Blood drive sets record |

Blood drive sets record

The Community Blood Drive in June set an all-time record for South Lake Tahoe since the blood drives began in June 1966 The June 25, 2001 blood drive drew a record 169 units of blood. Prior to that drive the most units collected was 166 in May 1985.

South Lake Tahoe donors made it happen and can bypass that record number from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. A new and improved set-up will accommodate more donors, such as more nurses, more donor beds and no waiting time.

With the hot summer months “Give a Pint and Get a Pint” is a great way to beat the heat. Donate a pint of blood and receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream.

Blood donors are the greatest source of energy. During the summer months many people head out of town on vacation without scheduling their regular blood donation first. At the same time the warm weather encourages more outdoor activities, unfortunately increasing the number of accidents and the number of patients needing lifesaving blood donations. While fewer people give blood, more patients need it.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age or 16 with parental consent, in generally good health weigh at least 110 pounds, a smaller unit may be collected for people who weigh less. There is no upper age limit for donating.

For more information call (530) 544-4456 or 1-800-995-4420 or visit the Web site at http://www.//

Give blood. It’s the gift of a lifetime. Yes, you do save lives.

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