Tulare 9/11 Blood Drive

FRESNO, Calif.

All donors will receive a FREE Commemorative T-shirt, a voucher for a FREE Pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and a FREE Ticket to the Tulare Fair! AND great food will be provided all day!

First 100 First-Time Donors receive a FREE Galaxy Theatres ticket too!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Veteran's Memorial Building, 1771 East Tulare Avenue, Tulare

TULARE, CA - South Valley residents have the opportunity to honor the victims of 9/11 on its 11th anniversary by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood on Tuesday, September 11. New and returning donors can participate at the Veteran's Memorial Building between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Donors will receive a FREE Commemorative T-shirt, a FREE Ticket to the terrific Tulare County Fair and a voucher for a FREE Pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream - plus, service groups will provide food all day.

Donors at this special memorial blood drive will be treated to a great day filled with festivities and food, including a Galaxy Theatres ticket to the first 100 first-time donors! A wonderful Pancake Breakfast, provided free of charge by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Tulare, will be served from 5:30 am to 9:30 am. Then, the Tulare Fire Department will present a heart-warming memorial service at 9:45 am. Donors are encouraged to dedicate their blood donations, reflecting on the events of 9/11. Our afternoon donors will enjoy a delicious free Spaghetti Dinner, provided by our AMVETS Post 56 of Tulare, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. KJUG 106.7 Country will be on-site all day, broadcasting live and providing blood drive updates!

"This annual blood drive is a wonderful way to remember the many victims of September 11th," states Dean Eller, President and CEO for the Central California Blood Center. "Donating just one pint of blood can save up to three lives on this day when folks in our South Valley pause to honor the thousands who lost their lives over a decade ago." Continues Eller, "Our special thanks also to the Tulare Community and all who help make this life-saving event one of the most giving and touching blood drives of the year."

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.

The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.

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