Santa Maria - North County

City of Santa Maria holds blood drive

The City of Santa Maria held a blood drive in the Vitalant Bloodmobile on Thursday, June 13.

Organizers said as more people hit the roads for summer vacation, blood donations have dropped by as much as twenty percent during this time of year.

Donations of all blood types are encouraged including type 0-negative.

"We encourage the public to join our employees to help save a life. We have donated over 1,100 units of blood since 2004. We should have another 20 to 25 people coming out. It's a very easy process," said Mark van de Kamp, spokesman of the City of Santa Maria.

The blood drive was held from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Santa Maria Public Library. 

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