Record Blood Drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific and San Francisco Elks

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Local non-profits team up to save lives and make a difference.

This doesn’t feel like a blood drive, it feels like a party!

In a long-standing tradition of having a very active blood drive, the San Francisco Elks Lodge 3 has recorded their best known blood drive in memory: 156 units of blood were donated at the Lodge located at 450 Post Street on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. In partnership with the Blood Centers of the Pacific, the San Francisco Elks Lodge has two blood drives a year. In recent years, each drive has surpassed over 100 units collected.

Blood Drive Chairperson, Brian Criss, is a long time member of the San Francisco Elks. In his opinion, the blood drive "is one of the most important things we do as Elks. We saved a lot of lives yesterday through the generosity of our members and our community." Criss went on to say, "As one of largest known blood drives in San Francisco, I know our help is critical and makes a significant impact - that is why I'm a proud member of the Elks organization. Each time we have a blood drive, we literally save lives."

It takes a huge group to pull off this kind of event - the Elks provide not only baked snacks for donors, but a full buffet dinner. All donors also receive a free t-shirt and a raffle ticket for donated prizes. Says committee member and Elk volunteer Joy DiFranza: “I’ve been a member of the Blood Drive Committee for four years and this is the largest turn out we’ve ever seen! This is a fun event that really brings out San Francisco’s community spirit. I look forward to each and every blood drive.”

The San Francisco Elks Lodge is the oldest continually active lodge in Elkdom. They are a strong supporter of the programs and non-profits in their community. Learn more about them at sfelks.org.

Blood Centers of the Pacific is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides blood and blood components to hospitals, physicians and patients throughout Northern California. It also houses the Blood Systems Research Institute which conducts medical research to improve blood safety and patient care. Blood Centers of the Pacific helps 50,000 patients every year with blood donated by community volunteers.

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