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September 14, 2010 > Fremont Police Department hosts Blood Drive

Fremont Police Department hosts Blood Drive

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Jan Hill

With local blood banks still in short supply and one pint saving up to three lives Fremont Police Department's C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Respond, Engage) unit is gearing up for its third annual blood drive on Saturday, October 2.

At the first FPD C.A.R.E. Blood Drive held in October 2008, 70 pints was collected surpassing the goal of 35 pints. The Red Cross was thrilled with the outcome and this was noted as being an extremely successful Blood Drive, a true community event. Fremont Police C.A.R.E. volunteers solicited raffle donations from local restaurants and establishments. Every donor received not only a prize but enjoyed food and beverages from Chipotle, Los Cabos, Noah's and Starbucks. The second annual blood drive was hosted in December last year.

"Our Goal this year is 65 pints. Our hours are less than last year due to the library closing at 5 p.m. We will have information and C.A.R.E. volunteers available to answer questions about FPD car seat program, crime prevention and more," Mattos told TCV. "We will try to have a table for donor transplants like last year," she said.

Blood donors will recoup by enjoying some good food and winning a prize. Every time you donate blood, you help someone in need. Donate blood and give the gift of life. Those who are interested but unable to donate on this date, can go to any Alameda County Blood Bank event and have the credit go to the Fremont Police Department. Identification is required.

"Because the Blood Drive is after Summer and beginning of Fall, the blood banks are pretty well depleted. The type they always need the most is Type O- which is rare, but at this time of the year any type is needed," said Josie Mattos, C.A.R.E. Volunteer. To schedule your appointment, please sign up online now at www.redcrossblood.org or www.helpsavealife.org; the Sponsor Code is POLICE.

All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing for locally donated raffle prizes. "If you cannot donate blood on that day due to work or live out of town you can donate prior to that date at any Alameda County Blood Bank and have the credit go to the Fremont Police Department," said Mattos.

If a business would like to donate food or gift cards for the raffle they can contact Josie Mattos, C.A.R.E. volunteer at pesetudas2@yahoo.com or (510) 304-8200. For questions or further information, please leave a message on the FPD C.A.R.E. Volunteer Line at (510)790-6756.

Fremont Police Department C.A.R.E. Unit Blood Drive
Blood Drive
Saturday, October 2
10:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
Fukaya Room A and B
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 790-6756
www.helpsavealife.org

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