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"Pint for a Pass" Blood Drive

Give Life to the Community & Save on Your Trip to the Fair!

The Big Fresno Fair, Central California Blood Center and CBS 47 are teaming up for the return of the 11th Annual "Pint for a Pass" Blood Drive, now with new dates! From Wednesday, September 15 until Saturday, October 16, visit any donor center or mobile drive to donate blood and get a "Buy One Get One Free" admission voucher good for the 2021 Big Fresno Fair! PLUS be entered to win concert and horse racing tickets! So come on out, save Valley lives and save BIG to this year's Fair! To find the nearest donor center location or mobile drive, click here.

In 2019, the “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive resulted in 5,800 pints of blood being collected, which brings the 10-year total to more than 91,000 pints of blood collected! This blood had the potential to save up to 273,000 lives!

Thank you to those that continue to donate blood year round - it is one of the most precious gifts!

“Blood is something that cannot be manufactured…it must be given, which is why blood drives like this are so critical,” said Ersilia R. Lacaze, Director Marketing & Community Development, Central California Blood Center. “It helps us continue to build awareness of the importance of donating to encourage new and returning donors to come out, helping us meet the need of Valley hospitals so they can continue to save lives. We never think blood won’t be there when we need it, but the truth is if we don’t have donors, we don’t have blood.”

The Central California Blood Center provides blood and blood products to 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.

Donating Blood – Facts & Tips

  • Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete and donors can give blood once every eight weeks.

  • Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 18 years old (16 or 17 years old with written parental consent).

  • Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit.
  • If you got a tattoo in the last twelve months and it was applied by a state regulated entity, which uses sterile needles and ink that are not reused, you can still donate blood!

  • While all blood is needed and welcome, Type O blood is routinely in short supply and in high demand by hospitals – both because it is the most common blood type and because type O negative blood is the universal type needed for emergency transfusions.

  • In addition to Type O, Type AB Negative is the rarest around the country with only 0.6% of people being carriers.

  • Don’t know your blood type? The easiest way to find out is by donating blood! Visit www.donateblood.org for more information for a list of donor centers and mobile drives.

Fun Facts About Blood

  • In Japan, people often believe a person’s blood type is connected to certain personality traits. For example:

    Type A Blood: Like to keep things neat but can be stubborn and get stressed out easily. They value harmony with others.

    Type O Blood: Are outgoing, have leadership abilities, and are able to set the mood for groups of people. They tend to run late to events.

    Type B Blood: Are known for their creativity, have a strong sense of curiosity but can lose interest easily.

    Type AB blood: As a hybrid of Type A and Type B blood types, carriers have a mix of both personalities. They are often seen as dual-natured and complicated. For example, they are shy like A types, but also are outgoing like type B.
    (Source: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/japanese-blood-type/)

  • Blood types are passed down from parents to children, just like other genes. A person can easily guess their blood type if they know their parent’s type. However, the best way to know for sure is to donate!
    (Source: https://www.disabled-world.com/calculators-charts/...)

  • Specific food and exercises can be recommended depending on your blood type. Knowing your blood type can help determine your body’s proper exercise and dietary routine for long term health.
    (Source: https://obi.org/blood-donation/fun-facts/)

  • People with Type A blood tend to have higher cortisol levels than those with other blood types. Cortisol is the stress-relieving hormone.
    (Source: http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=2983...)

  • Those with Type O Blood are twice as likely to be bitten by mosquitos, while people with Type A blood are least attractive to mosquitos. (Source: http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=2983...)

  • Only 18% of people in the U.S. have a negative blood type. Yet, when someone with a negative blood type needs blood, only another person with a negative type can save his or her life.
    (Source: https://obi.org/blood-donation/scientific-facts/)
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