Donate blood to help people in need during National Blood Donor Month

by Carol Leish, MA

Did you know that a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood? Did you know that just one donation of blood could save 3 lives?

“Blood donations are especially needed in January to help after the drop in the blood supply over the holidays,” according to, Natalie Uribe, Hospice Liasson at Assisted Home Health, and Hospice in Ventura. “One donation can help up to 3 patients. 1 in 7 patients entering the hospital will need a blood transfusion.

“Blood donors are urgently needed all month long to ensure blood is available when needed. On average, blood donors give blood less than twice a year. More people are needed to donate regularly up to six times per year for whole blood-to ensure an adequate supply is always available to help patients.”

On January 11th Assisted Home Health & Hospice will be holding a community blood drive at Aegis Living from 12:00-4:00pm. Aegis’ address is: 4020 Loma Vista Rd. Ventura. Assisted Home Health & Hospice will be partnering with Aegis and Ventura Post Acute (Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Center) and Vatalant (Blood Donation Center).

Uribe said, “We are pleased to also be involved with Trader Joes, who donates fresh floral bouquets once a month that we bring to the various senior communities in Ventura. We are also looking forward to doing another annual Valentines event with local schools, that we started doing in 2023.”

Vitalant (2223 Eastman Ave., Ste. A Ventura), said, “Because of blood donors, life does not stop. Patients are given a second chance thanks in part to blood donors. A 60-year-old man undergoing a triple coronary bypass needed two red cell units, two platelet units, and two plasma units. Acute myeloid Leukemia was the reason a 66-year-old woman needed one lifesaving red cell unit.”

“There will be a raffle for prizes for people who donate on January 11th. Those who donate will also be getting a snack and something to drink,” according to Uribe. Make a difference to help those in need of blood in the community.

To get involved on January 11th, please call Uribe at Assisted Home Health and Hospice to register at:  805-677-7400. Or, call Vitalant, in Ventura, at:  877-258-4825.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email