For each donor who rolls up his or her sleeve from Dec. 18 through Jan.12, a monetary donation will be made toward lifesaving vaccines and other medical needs for animals, according to a press release from the Stanford Blood Center.
"Humane Society Silicon Valley has a mission to save and enhance lives, which is a natural fit with Stanford Blood Center," Stanford Blood Center spokesperson Deanna Bolio said in the release. "Donors who come in during the run of this campaign will be helping to save the lives of humans and animals alike."
The winter holidays are an especially difficult time to maintain adequate supplies of blood because people are often traveling, busy, or sick, Bolio said. As a reward to blood donors during the holiday season, the center will offer collectible tote bags.
This is Stanford Blood Center's first "Give Good" campaign, in which the center will partner with community organizations to double the impact of blood donations.
Cristie Kamiya, vice president for medical operations at Humane Society Silicon Valley, noted that her organization is an independent nonprofit not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States. "Only 25 percent of our income comes from program fees. We rely on donations from our community members to provide the remaining 75 percent," Kamiya said. "The Give Good partnership will contribute to those essential funds, helping to ensure that all our animals receive lifesaving vaccines and vital medical care."
The campaign includes donors at both center and mobile blood drives. On Jan. 5, the blood center will hold a mobile blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Humane Society Silicon Valley's Animal Community Center, 901 Ames Ave. in Milpitas.
"We hope to see many people come out and donate," said Bolio. "It's an easy way to make a difference in the New Year."
Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. They must eat well prior to donation, drink fluids and present photo identification at the time of donation. The process takes about an hour.
For more information or to schedule an appointment online, call 888-723-7831, or visit bloodcenter.stanford.edu.