Interfaith Blood Drive Saturday in McKinleyville

The mission of the Blood Center (Northern California Community Blood Bank) is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood to the patients in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. To do this they need 50 to 60 donors a day.

During the school year they get a lot of donations from HSU, College of the Redwoods and high school students, but during the summer, blood supply levels get critically low.

On Saturday, Aug. 17 there will be an Interfaith Blood Drive hosted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 1660 Heartwood Drive in Mckinleyville.

Organizers are urging members of all faiths to support this blood drive or go into the blood center whenever you can. Remember, you are to take no aspirin or  anything with aspirin in it for 48 hours before you donate. Donating blood is an easy way to support our community members. We hope all churches will  encourage their members to participate.

The Blood Center regular hours are from 10 to 6 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, From 11 to 7 on Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8-4. Whole blood donations can be made on Saturday by appointment.


One thought on “Interfaith Blood Drive Saturday in McKinleyville

  1. “Organizers are urging members of all faiths”

    It’s a shame this is a faith-only event. There’s a significant number of “nones,” who are nonreligious, or who are atheists, who could be encouraged to donate blood alongside religious people. Why throw up a barrier where no barrier needs to exist?

    While I couldn’t find data on how large this population is in McKinleyville, it’s worth noting that the national average for affiliation with a religious congregation is 50.2%, but in Humboldt County it’s 37.1% (source leading me to believe Humboldt has a higher percentage of nonreligious people than the national average. Twenty percent of all Americans classify themselves as having “no religion” as of 2012 (source: Pew Forum). It seems a minimum 20% of the McKinleyville population is, at least in print, being excluded from this blood drive.

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