Central California Blood Center asks for locals to donate blood due to blood shortage

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FRESNO, California.- The Central California Blood Center (CCBC) is asking for your help after experience a high demand for blood and fewer volunteer donors.

Each month, 5,000-6,000 pints of blood are needed right here in the valley. In the past couple of weeks, there have been fewer donors coming into the CCBC and more traumas have been taking place.

“I was really concerned,” said CCBC CEO Chris Staub. “We made it through thanks to great community support but it is a long hot summer.”

Staub said his center typically sees a drop off of donations in the summer because people are busy with their schedules, vacations or don’t want to leave their homes because of the heat. Platelets, which help cancer patients clot their blood.

Every couple of weeks, David Felts donates no matter how busy his schedule is.

“I always wanted to be able to help out because everyone is touched by cancer,” said Felts. “And to be able to give back is a big deal for me.”

For donor Natalie Turner, giving blood hits home because twenty years ago her son was in dire need of an emergency blood transfusion.

“I still feel emotional when I come here to donate,” said Turner. “It always brings back those memories. I know that every single day there are people that need blood transfusions or blood for whatever reason.”

To schedule an appointment and for more information visit donateblood.org

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