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Give Blood Or Platelets This Fall In San Diego County

Patch 10/3/2022 Kristina Houck
Red Cross blood drives are taking place across San Diego County. © Shutterstock Red Cross blood drives are taking place across San Diego County.

SAN DIEGO, CA — The American Red Cross is asking the public to start the fall season off with a lifesaving blood or platelet donation.

"While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes," a Red Cross news release said. "Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients counting on blood products for care — especially ahead of the busy holiday season."

Anyone who donates through Oct. 31 will receive a $5 e-gift card by email to a merchant of choice.

Red Cross blood drives are taking place across San Diego County. See a list of upcoming blood drives below. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a blood drive.

Blood Donation Opportunities

Chula Vista

  • 10/10/2022: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Chula Vista Center, 555 Broadway, Suite 1088

El Cajon

  • 10/6/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., East County Transitional Living Center, 1527 E Main St.

Encinitas

  • 10/11/2022: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive
  • 10/12/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena

Escondido

  • 10/5/2022: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Coast Church San Marcos/Escondido, 1451 Montiel Road
  • 10/5/2022: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Escondido Charter High School, 1868 E. Valley Parkway
  • 10/15/2022: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Escondido East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway

Fallbrook

  • 10/4/2022: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fallbrook Library, 124 South Mission Road

La Jolla

  • 10/12/2022: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Osler Lane by Biomedical Research Facility 2, 9500 Gilman Drive
  • 10/13/2022: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Shiley Fitness Center, 10820 N Torrey Pines Road

Oceanside

  • 10/6/2022: 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Walmart, 705 College Blvd.
  • 10/6/2022: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, 2001 El Camino Real
  • 10/7/2022: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., YMCA, 4701 Mesa Drive
  • 10/13/2022: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Oceanside Masonic Center, 511 Eucalyptus

San Diego

  • Red Cross Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave., Suite C (see RedCrossBlood.org for hours)
  • 10/3/2022: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Integrated DNA Technologies, 6828 Nancy Ridge, Suite 400
  • 10/3/2022: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Scripps Mercy Hospital, 4077 Fifth Ave.
  • 10/4/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The US Grant, 326 Broadway
  • 10/4/2022: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Civita Park, 7960 Civita Blvd.
  • 10/6/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., San Diego Police Department, 1401 Broadway St.
  • 10/8/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway
  • 10/9/2022: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School, 1376 Felspar St.
  • 10/10/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., University Center, 5998 Alcala Park
  • 10/10/2022: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., San Diego State University Aztec Walk, 5500 Campanile Drive
  • 10/14/2022: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Rancho Family YMCA, 9410 Fairgrove Lane

San Marcos

  • 10/12/2022: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Lodge at Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive
  • 10/12/2022: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mission Hills Church, 400 Mission Hills Court

Solana Beach

  • 10/9/2022: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 424 Via De la Valle

What To Know About Giving Blood

All blood types are needed. Interested in donating? Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information or to make an appointment.

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors can save time by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive.

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