DeAnza College hosting community blood drive

DeAnza College, the community college in Cupertino, is joining with Stanford Blood Center for a community blood drive this week, as cold and flu season is putting a strain on local blood supplies.

This comes after the holiday season led to a critical shortage of blood supplies in the region.

“It’s the blood that we have readily available that allows us to save a life at a moment’s notice. So we’re urging the community to please consider donating at the DeAnza College blood drive,” said Monica Doleshel-Aguirre, Stanford Blood Center Account Manager.

The DeAnza College blood drive is set of Wednesday, February 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino.

Walk-in donations are accepted, though donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 888-723-7831 or on the Stanford Blood Center website here. Donors will receive a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

All it takes is about an hour of your time, and you can help save the lives of up to three patients with a single donation,” said Doleshel-Aguirre.

All blood types are welcome, with a special focus on type O blood. O negative is a universal donor type and O- is critical for use with trauma and pediatric patients.