Save a life, donate blood

The Clovis Rodeo Association, KISS Country Radio and the Central California Blood Center are preparing for the 15th Annual Rodeo Blood Drive and Clovis Rodeo and are inviting the community to take part in this life-saving tradition. The blood drive will be held from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22 at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds, 748 Rodeo Drive.

Since the very first Rodeo Blood Drive in 2001, more than 13,000 people have attended and registered to donate. Due to the success of the annual event, the blood drive has been scheduled one day earlier than in years past to accommodate greater parking needs and lessen traffic at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. Whether you arrive dressed in cowboy/cowgirl “duds” or commemorative rodeo T-shirt from a previous year, the Blood Center and the Clovis Rodeo Association invite you to take just an hour from your day to “help patients in Central Valley hospitals get back in the saddle again.”

“This blood drive has become a tradition that is very special to the Central Valley, and both the Clovis Rodeo and the Rodeo Blood Drive have grown so much in size, that having the blood drive a day earlier just made sense,” said Dean Eller, President and CEO of the Central California Blood Center. “Parking will be much more convenient for both events, so please come out and enjoy the ‘rodeo experience’ before anyone else and you can ‘ride away’ knowing you helped save someone’s life.“

Each donor will receive a commemorative Rodeo T-shirt with artwork by local artist David Dalgety, Clovis Rodeo discounts, and special treats provided by area businesses. At the rodeo grounds, meet champion cowboys, rodeo royalty and special guests who will visit throughout the drive.

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.

The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 30 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.

~ Central California Blood Center