Pint for a Pass Blood Drive

The Big Fresno Fair and the Central California Blood Center, along with media partners CBS 47, Q97 and La Buena THANK YOU for making the 7th Annual “Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive a HUGE success! Over the past 7 years, over 68,000 pints of blood have been collected at donor centers, mobile units and at the Fresno State campus as part of the “Pint or a Pass” Blood Drive. For every pint of blood, there is the potential to save up to three lives! That means our "Pint for a Pass" Blood Drive has helped save 204,000 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It is so incredible that together, we are able to give back to the community in this way. Thank you to all the blood donors who have supported this drive and we hope you all will participate again in August. To those who haven't participated, it is an incredible way to give back to the community while also saving on your Fair admission! Mark your calendars, the 2017 "Pint for a Pass" Blood Drive will be August 14 - September 11. There will also be a special Fresno State Blood Drive September 12, 13 & 14!     

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Fair Management first developed this blood drive partnership with the mission of helping increase donation levels during the summer, when it can be challenging to keep up with the Valley’s need for blood supply.  The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 30 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 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 is required at donor registration.
Below is a list of the Central California Blood Center Donor Center locations and their hours of operations. For a list of mobile drive locations, please visit We encourage everyone to donate blood all year long and help to save a life!
JEDC – NW Fresno  Fresno    North Fresno  Visalia
 4343 W. Herndon  1196 E. Shaw Ave., Ste 102  1010 E. Perrin Ave 1515 S. Mooney Blvd.
 M - F 9a - 6p M - F 9a - 6p M - F 9a - 6p M - F 9a - 6p
 S 9a-3p S 9a - 3p S 9a-3p  S 9a - 3p