CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) -- It didn't take long for Valley residents to help out at the Clovis Rodeo blood drive. Doors opened at 5:30 in the morning and donors like Artie Ramirez filled the chairs.
"It makes me feel good," said Ramirez. "It's no big deal to come out and give blood because I know it's actually going to help somebody that actually needs it."
Ramirez has been coming out bright and early every year to donate. Central California Blood Center officials say these donations come during an important time.
Dean Eller with the Central California Blood Center said, "We've seen recently the need for blood, with certain firefighters and other traumas we've had. That happens each and every day, everyday, but most people don't realize it. We need at least 250 pints everyday just to meet our basic needs."
CEO Dean Eller says the center is in need all blood types, but especially o negative to fill its shelves and save lives. He says every donation makes an impact here in the Valley.
"It affects more than just the patient, it may save their life, but what has it done for their family and all their relatives, they get to keep their loved ones," said Eller.
Donors kept the community on their mind as they came in and took time out of their day to roll up their sleeves and donate. Some say they enjoy starting off the Clovis Rodeo with some goodwill.
Kristin Weber added, "It's my way of giving back to the community and supporting the ones that need the help."
The partnership between the rodeo and blood center make this blood drive one of the biggest of the year.
This is the 15th Annual Clovis Rodeo Blood Drive. Officials say every pint will help save a life.
15th Annual Clovis Rodeo Blood Drive
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