Pint for a Pass Blood Drive

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The Big Fresno Fair and Central California Blood Center have teamed up for the 9th consecutive year for the “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive August 13 – September 14. All donors will receive a voucher for a “Buy One, Get One FREE” admission ticket to the 2018 Big Fresno Fair and be automatically entered-to-win Big Fresno Fair concert tickets and horse racing reserved seats when they give at any Central California Blood Center or mobile drive.
 
Then on Monday, August 13, it all kicks off with a Special Launch Event at the Fresno Fairgrounds in the Table Mountain Rancheria Park at the Fresno Fairgrounds from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m.!  Click here to see the flyer! We will be holding special drawings for those donors who come out to the Fairgrounds to donate. Every hour we will be drawing winners for concert and horse racing tickets. So the earlier you come out to donate, the better your chances are! Plus donors can enjoy free Fair food – corn dogs and kettle korn! And if that wasn’t enough, donors get a commemorative shirt along with the “buy one, get on free” Fair Admission voucher!
 
During the past 8 years, more than 77,500 pints of blood have been collected at donor centers, mobile units and on the Fresno State campus as part of the “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive. Valley people need Valley blood! So don’t wait, come out and give life to our community!
 
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 donate blood!  So come out, donate and give life to our community at the “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive.
 
For every pint of blood, there is the potential to save up to three lives! That means in the last 8 years, the “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive has helped potentially save 232,500 lives! The reason one pint can save up to three lives is because the Central California Blood Center's state-of-the-art lab can separate one pint of blood into three different components: whole blood, plasma and platelets.
 
For a list of the Central California Blood Center Donor Center locations and their hours of operations, as well as mobile drive locations, please visit www.donateblood.org. We encourage everyone to donate blood all year long and help to save a life!
 
BLOOD TYPE FUN FACTS
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 also tend to run late.
     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.
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!
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=29833
 
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=29833  
 
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/

ABOUT CENTRAL CALIFORNIA BLOOD CENTER & DONATING
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.
 
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 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.
 
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 is required at donor registration.