Blood sought |

Blood sought

Giving blood is safe and simple. And, it does save lives. February is a time to remember others with gifts from the heart and what better way to give than by donating blood. The next South Tahoe Community Blood Drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.

“We are fortunate to live in an area where blood shortages don’t often happen. We have not experienced the same critical shortages of blood and cancellation of surgeries due to the lack of blood as has much of the nation and our state. The generosity of donors and the hard work of volunteers and staff of Sacramento Medical Foundation blood centers has resulted in uninterrupted care throughout our service areas,” said Paul V. Holland, M.D., medical director and chief executive officer. “Our job as a community is to work together to assure that blood is always available for people who need it, when they need it.”

The Blood Center must collect 450 pints of blood each day to meet patient needs in the area. SMF Blood Centers provides blood, blood components and transfusion medicine support for hospitals in California from Vacaville to Lake Tahoe and from Sacramento to Mount Shasta.

For more information about giving blood or about the South Lake Tahoe Community Blood Drive call Pat Amundson at (530) 544-4456.

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

For more information about SMF Blood Centers visit the Web site at

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