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Give hope – give life – give blood Bloodmobile at Riverside Medical Clinic

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The Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties invites all healthy residents to give the gift of life Thursday, October 9, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside Medical Clinic, Administration Building, 3660 Arlington Avenue in Riverside. For every lifesaving donation, participants receive points as part of the "Gift of Life" Donor Loyalty Program that may be redeemed for items through the Blood Bank's online store. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.bbsbrc.org or call the Blood Bank at 1.800.879.4484.

"The demand for blood never stops. In fact, right here in Southern California, we need to collect at least 500 donations daily to ensure that patients in hospitals get the lifesaving treatments they need," said Joseph W. Dunn, Ph.D., the Blood Bank's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

 Healthy individuals at least 16 years of age may donate blood. (Those 16 years of age must provide the Blood Bank with written parental consent. Parent consent forms are available at any donor center or community blood drive. Donors who have celebrated their 76th birthday must provide the Blood Bank with annual, written physician consent.) All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime.

The Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties was founded in 1951 as a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization by the medical societies of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The Blood Bank serves 42 medical facilities in Southern California and receives more than 500 donations daily in order to support 175,000 transfusions annually. For additional information, please contact the Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties at 1.800.879.4484 or visit www.bbsbrc.org.

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