Fur Pals Promote NorthBay Blood Drive

Posted: April 24, 2019

It’s Not too Late to Sign Up for  April 26 VacaValley Event

If you think NorthBay Healthcare’s April 26 blood drive is going to the dogs, you’re not entirely wrong.

Dogs and cats have teamed up to “Save the Humans,” in a campaign created by Vitalant, formerly BloodSourse, to promote blood drives across the United States.

You can find short videos featuring a dog and cat spokesmen, er, spokes-animals, extoling the virtues of donating blood on NorthBay’s FaceBook page.

“So that time I peed in your shoes? I was telling you to give blood,” says a white feline in his video.

NorthBay’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in the conference center at the VacaValley Wellness Center.

Want to save waiting time on donation day? Sign up early for your preferred time slot by visiting BloodSource.org/Drives, location code H101. Walk-ins are also welcome.

In addition to the regular donations, Vitalant will bring an automated collection machine for Power Red (Double Red Cell) donations.

“We’ve been down locally and nationally on red cell donations and it puts a strain on our community blood supply,” explained Heather Sharp, Donor recruitment representative with Vitalant.

“After the donor registers, we will evaluate them to see if they’re good candidates for Power Red and ask them if they would like to double their impact by adding just an extra 10 to 15 minutes to their donation time. They don’t need to sign up for the Power Red donations in advance.”

As a bonus, co-host NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness will offer 10-minute chair massages between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to all donors.

All participants will receive a promo code that may be redeemed for a “Save The Humans” T-shirt.

This is the third year the blood drive has been held on the VacaValley Hospital campus. Organizers hope to bring a one-day event back to the NorthBay Medical Center campus (or nearby mall parking lot) in 2020, when construction will be complete on the three-story North Wing.

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