SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The City of Santa Maria and United Blood Services held their first blood drive of the year Wednesday afternoon.
During the four-hour event, close to 30 local residents and city employees gathered in front of United Blood Services' bloodmobile to help save lives.
The best part -- the blood stays local.
"It's helping your friends, your family, your neighbor in their time of need," said donor and city spokesperson Mark van de Kamp. "That could be if they are in an accident or recuperating from a medical procedure. Or even a burn or something tragic like that."
The event is held three times a year, although United Blood Services welcomes walk-in donations of all types, especially Type O-negative. O-negative blood is the "universal blood" that can be used by anyone during an emergency.