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Our Blood Drive was so successful – we’re having two more

More than 60 gracious donors showed up at the LightHouse headquarters to give blood at our 6th Annual Bay Area Blind Community Blood Drive this month. We collected 56 total units of blood, which helps approximately 168 patients in need. We also welcomed cameras from ABC7 News, who did a terrific little story about the drive which you can check out below. Thank you to everyone who came out to donate and support!

Don’t miss our next blood drive on May 31.

Our annual blood drive is a much anticipated event each year, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross. We have so many eager participants that we often have to turn donors away when the slots fill up. Because of this, we’ve decided to hold two more blood drives this year, on May 31 and again in October. We hope you’ll join us!

The beauty of our blood drive is that blind and sighted donors are giving side-by-side, and all blood donated benefits anyone in need, regardless of sight. Though many don’t realize it, it’s a unique dynamic.

“The idea of a community of blind people rolling up their sleeves and giving back to a society that often thinks of them people as charity cases, well, it’s just great to give back in such a life-affirming way,” said Martinez. “To show the world that blind people aren’t just charity cases.”

And though many don’t realize it, it’s a uniquely equalizing dynamic in a world that often stigmatizes blindness to the point of misinformation.

“In areas around the world, blind people would not be welcomed if they wanted to donate blood,” said Martinez. “We know that blind people are a cross-section of society and that blood coming from a blind person is no different than that of blood coming from a sighted person.”

A heartfelt thank you to the donors who came out this year, we hope to see you again in May or October this year!

Have a heart and give blood at LightHouse this Valentine’s Day!

Forget greeting cards and chocolate boxes this Valentine’s Day — give the gift of life in 2017: donate blood at LightHouse for the Blind for the 5th annual Bay Area Blind Community Blood Drive, in collaboration with the American Red Cross.

When: February 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse for the Blind, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco, California 94103

Stop by and spread the love on February 14 at the LightHouse Headquarters with other blind students, supporters, board members, staff, 1155 Market Street residents and anyone else — all are welcome!

Although you are welcome to walk in the day of the blood drive, we encourage you to schedule an appointment so that you will be seen more quickly. Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter code DayOfGiving to schedule your appointment. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate, please call 1-866-236-3276.

Available public parking garages for donors: SOMA Grand at 1160 Mission St.; California Parking at 1266 Market St.

Fourth Annual Blind Blood Drive a Resounding Success

On Tuesday, June 14 the LightHouse hosted Giving Blood, Giving Life: Bay Area Blind Community’s 4th Annual Day of Giving Blood Drive. It was the first blood drive to take place in our new headquarters building, made even more poignant held two days after the tragedies of Orlando.

Director of Community Services Lisamaria Martinez told us before the event, “Blind people are often on the receiving end of philanthropy. At the LightHouse, we actively strive toward changing the perceptions the public has of the abilities of blind people.”

Today she went on to say, “We’re so grateful for the terrific response from our community. Thirty-nine generous people donated 32 ounces of life-saving blood, including LightHouse students, staff and community members, both first timers and regular donors. Every chair was full, all day long.”

We thank all those who participated and look forward to an even bigger response next year.

LightHouse Hosts Bay Area Blind Community’s 4th Annual Day of Giving Blood Drive is on Tuesday, June 14

The LightHouse is proud to continue our tradition of serving the Bay Area by holding our 4th annual blood drive and the first in our beautiful new Headquarters offices at 1155 Market Street in San Francisco.

The World Health Organization tells us, “Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.”

We are calling out to our blind students, supporters and their families and friends to give the gift of life at this very special gathering.

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse for the Blind, 1155 Market Street, 10th floor, San Francisco, California 94103

Although you are welcome to walk in the day of the blood drive, we encourage you to schedule an appointment so that you will be seen more quickly. To schedule your appointment or for more information visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: DayOfGiving or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Lisamaria Martinez, LightHouse Director of Community Services, is coordinating the drive and told us, “Blind people are often on the receiving end of philanthropy. At the LightHouse, we actively strive toward changing the perceptions the public has of the abilities of blind people. We have a volunteer corps of youth and adults who regularly give back in a multitude of ways. Our fourth annual blood drive is just one way, we, the LightHouse community, can give back. There’s something quite rewarding about donating blood and knowing that you are possibly saving a life. Why can’t we be a part of saving a life too?”

Available public parking garages for donors: SOMA Grand at 1160 Mission St.; California Parking at 1266 Market St.

By using RapidPass, you can reduce the time you spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. Learn more by visiting redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.