BloodSource is urging a big turnout for this Friday's Summer Classic 2013 Blood Drive in Chico, Redding and Yuba City.
Summer time is always a time when critical blood donations tend to drop to their lowest levels because so many regular donors are busy with summer plans, according to Bloodsource.
Here are the places and times for donation location for Friday's Summer Classic event:
*Redding BloodSource, 1880 Park Marina Drive 6 am - 6 pm
*Chico Elks Lodge - Manzanita Place
1705 Manzanita Avenue 6 am - 6 pm
*Yuba City Bloodsource, 1290 Stabler Lane 8 am - 6 pm
The following are guidelines for those wishing to donate blood:
To give blood, you must:
Be in generally good health, free from cold or flu symptoms for at least 48 hours before giving blood.
Be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent) There is no upper age limit.
Weigh at least 110 pounds.
Bring photo identification or BloodSource donor card.
You cannot give blood if you:
Had hepatitis after age 10.
Have or had heart problems (high blood pressure that is under control is okay; however, it must not be higher than 180 Systolic and 100 diastolic).
Are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last six weeks.
Are taking antibiotics for infection. (See medications below for more information.)
Have AIDS, are at risk for AIDS, or have had sexual contact with anyone at risk for AIDS.
Had leukemia or myeloma
Superficial skin cancer is acceptable
Most other types of cancer are acceptable if symptom free and one year after last treatment.