CORRECTED DATE: 3rd Annual “Day of Giving” Blind Blood Drive is Thursday, January 22nd

In honor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service 2015, LightHouse and the American Red Cross, Northern California Blood Services Region, in partnership with the Orientation Center for the Blind and the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, will host the “Giving Blood, Giving Life: Bay Area Blind Community’s 3rd Annual Day of Giving” Blind Blood Drive on January 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. LightHouse is one of a number of Bay Area locations who will host the Blind Blood drive.

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Did you know? An individual can donate blood up to six times a year, but nationally, donors give blood an average of 1.8 times a year. If everyone were to donate just one more time per year, the Red Cross would never be in urgent need for blood.

Lisamaria Martinez, who is LightHouse Director of Community Services and is coordinating the drive, told us, “Last year’s Blind Blood Drive collected 108 usable units of blood, and we hope to move that figure up to 150 usable units in 2015. This is not just another blood drive. It’s a unique opportunity for Bay Area blind people and their friends and family to unite with the powerful goal of literally rolling up their sleeves and giving back, saving lives in our community.”

Stay updated on Twitter with #blindblooddrive15. For more information about our blind community day of giving, please contact Lisamaria Martinez, Director of Community Services, at or 415-431-1481.

You can also participate in the blind blood drive at the following locations. All locations are taking blood between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm.

Orientation Center for the Blind: 400 Adams St. – Albany
Santa Clara Valley Blind Center: 101 N. Bascom Ave. – San Jose
San Jose Blood Donation Center: 2731 North First St – San Jose
Oakland Blood Donation Center: 6230 Claremont Ave – Oakland
Contra Costa Blood Donation Center: 140 Gregory Lane – Pleasant Hill
Pleasanton Blood Donation Center: 5556-B Springdale Ave – Pleasanton
Fremont – Newark Blood Donation Center: 39227 Cedar Blvd – Newark

To schedule your appointment at any of the above locations, please log on to, enter the Sponsor Code: DayOfGiving or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).
If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.