SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross and National Football League are teaming up to urge people — especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 — to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage.

“Blood and plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19 may have the power to help critically ill patients currently battling the virus,” said Dr. Erin Goodhue, Red Cross medical director of clinical services.

“With hospital distributions for convalescent plasma increasing about 250 percent since October, these generous donations are vital in helping to save lives throughout the winter — a time that is often challenging to collect enough blood products for those in need.”

Blood drives are being held across San Diego County. See a list of upcoming blood drives below. There will be temperature checks, mask-wearing and social distancing.

Anyone who donates blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, according to the Red Cross. In addition, those who donate through Jan. 20 will also be entered to win the “Big Game at Home package,” which includes with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card.

  • 1/19/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mossy Nissan, 1546 Auto Park Way
  • 1/23/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Escondido East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway
  • 1/24/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Westfield North County, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway

Fallbrook

  • 1/16/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S Stage Coach Lane

La Jolla

  • 1/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Torrey Pines Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive N

La Mesa

  • 1/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Albertsons, 8920 Fletcher Parkway

National City

  • 1/21/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Community Center, 140 E 12th St.

Oceanside

  • 1/21/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, 2001 El Camino Real
  • 1/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Oceanside Masonic Center, 511 Eucalyptus

Rancho Santa Fe

  • 1/24/2021: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias

San Diego

Red Cross Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave., Suite C

See RedCrossBlood.org for hours

  • 1/17/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Life Bridge Church, 17645 West Bernardo Drive
  • 1/18/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., MERCYworldwide at Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North
  • 1/19/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of SD, 5055 Governor Drive
  • 1/20/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., University Club Atop Symphony Towers, 750 B St. 34th Floor
  • 1/22/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mission Valley YMCA, 5505 Friars Road
  • 1/25/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Border View Family YMCA, 3601 Arey Drive
  • 1/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rock Church City Heights, 4001 El Cajon Blvd.
  • 1/27/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd.
  • 1/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of SD, 5055 Governor Drive
  • 1/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Coast Church, 12245 World Trade Drive, Suite G

San Marcos

  • 1/18/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Lodge at Lake San Marcos, 1105 La Bonita Drive
  • 1/23/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Biggs Harley-Davidson, 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd., #113

Spring Valley

  • 1/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., McGrath YMCA, 12006 Campo Road

Valley Center

  • 1/21/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Valley Center Community Church, 29105 Valley Center Road

What to know about giving blood

All blood types are needed. Interested in donating? Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information or to make an appointment.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive.



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