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Donating Blood
updated: Apr 21, 2014, 4:03 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know another place to donate blood than the one on State Street next to the Dutch Garden?

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 COMMENT 512743 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 04:08 PM

Not in Santa Barbara


 COMMENT 512744 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 04:09 PM

I would like to know this, too. It was convenient for me when they were downtown and I donated over 60 times. Since they moved, not once - just out of my daily travel area and hate dealing with State Street traffic.


 COMMENT 512746 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 04:30 PM

They still show their address as:
Santa Barbara Donor Center
4213 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Also, the bloodmobile makes its rounds, and frequents the Camino Real Shopping Center.

Subscribe to their website blood4life.org and they'll let you know where and when the next collection point is.

They send out an email with this at the footer, which has (actual working) links:

To make an appointment:

Santa Barbara Center --! Santa Maria Center --!
Ventura Center --!
San Luis Obispo Center --!
Mobile Blood Drives --!
Or give us a call at 1-877-UBS-HERO!

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 COMMENT 512752 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 05:30 PM

I, too, used to donate when they were on Laguna Street, since I could walk there. Their new location just isn't convenient for me.


 COMMENT 512760 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 06:46 PM

I donated for years but quit when I realized that many people profited from my donations but not a cent for me. The warm fuzzy feeling wore off and was replaced by a feeling that donors should be paid a reasonable fee for this valuable commodity.


 COMMENT 512771 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 08:16 PM

A donation is not a donation if a sale price is affixed to it. You can always sell your plasma for that warm fuzzy feeling you found was missing


 COMMENT 512800P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 12:45 AM

Years ago when it was the Tri Counties Blood Bank on Laguna donating was a very different experience. The staff had all been there for years. They knew your name and it was like a family. Snacks were abound after donating and everyone chatted and often hung out a bit. I used to give every 56 days. Since they were taken over by a new company I am harassed with constant phone calls at home and work. When they called on a Sunday at 8 am I said take me off your list. They continue to call at all hours and days asking me to make an appointment. It is very sad and aggravating to see this kind of aggressive behavior ruining a much needed service.


 COMMENT 512815 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 06:55 AM

They were a neat group. Everywhere the mobile went they were popular too. People looked forward to the visit of the bloodmobile, it's always cheerful driver, treats, and warm hugs from the group. Pity :)


 COMMENT 512835 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 08:00 AM

I'm stoked for their relocation! So much closer to me, so on a personal level, I am able to donate every 2 mos as I've always wanted to.


 COMMENT 512836P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 08:01 AM

I donated regularly on Laguna but just don't get out to the end of State Street nearly as much. The people are still nice but it's a sort of sterile echo-y space with a forbidding parking garage area. But I don't understand your wanting to connect money, 760. Of course people profit, on the ultimate way -- lives are saved by your blood donation.


 COMMENT 512856 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 08:18 AM

Is there no longer a bloodmobile? My family has given blood on Calle Real at the former Holiday Inn, but perhaps it doesn't go there now. Many people give at work. They used to give out a gift card for a serving of ice cream at Coldstone.


 COMMENT 512922 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 09:52 AM

The location change doesn't alter my commitment to making this donation--the good way outweighs inconvenience or aesthetics. But I do want to reminisce for a moment: remember when someone brought fresh baked goods every Fri morning?! Anyway...the staff have all been friendly to me and appreciative. Hope you'll keep donating!


 COMMENT 512931 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 10:03 AM

Original Poster here. I sought to avoid donating to United Blood Services. Reading Edhatters today, that appears impossible. As I see it and as I feel, the invisible problem seems to be the commercialization of my charitably-intended donation to my community. I give to my community while UBS is charging all of us.

UBS pushed in and is taking the value of my donation.

Donating regularly since 1960, I was a part of a local family at the Tri-Counties Blood Bank at 902 Laguna.

I have continued donating, but United Blood Services came to town and literally forced nonprofit Tri-Counties out of business. The Tri-Counties "family" was destroyed and an era ended.

But, still wanting to donate even after that pushy-tragedy by UBS and even after the old headquarters were abandon and United Blood Services moved out to the new quarters, I continued my donating for several recent years but have found no respect or consideration or "family" there -- just a cold, commercial operation. No "fun" of exchanging with the staff. No feeling of doing good.

I miss the old Tri-Counties Blood Bank feeling! What I now see is that there is a cold, all-business, cartel-like monopoly.

To fix it, I hope Cottage Hospital will deal with the situation preferably by simply opening its own donating facility and running United Blood Services literally out of their "business" of profiting from our community donations.

N.B. Edhat, please allow me to put my word "mismanagement" back? United Blood Services seems mismanaged (at least to me) in that it is focused on money while its customers are into charity. Try donating out there. Cold. Unfriendly. The scheduling and availability is literally awful! We need another place to GIVE!



 COMMENT 512991 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 12:07 PM

My father is a long-time donor and has donated dozens of gallons of blood throughout his life. I donate because of him. Recently, however, the blood bank has started calling people to solicit donations, which I'm not particularly comfortable with. I felt a bit pressured each time they've called me, one of which was around Christmas and I was out of town.

I understand that there is a national blood shortage, but it doesn't really feel like a donation if it's solicited. I will still continue to give whenever I can.


 COMMENT 513047 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 01:47 PM

I've been giving to Tri Counties, and now, United, for 3 decades.

For those who decry the 'commercialization' of blood giving, I hope that you will never know the other side of the blood donation 'coin'. There is always a PERSON on the other end of that tube! Whether or not someone makes $ because of your donation, it WILL make a difference between life or death to someone.

My husband received many units of blood and different blood products for 10 months when he fought against leukemia. I remember being SO VERY GRATEFUL for those who took time out of their lives to donate, so he could go on fighting for his. I wept with gratitude for being given HOPE. Remember that as you decide whether or not to give.


 COMMENT 513054P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 01:58 PM

I've been donating since the early 1980 when it was Tri Counties. I agree that it's a bit more corporate now, but then everything else was more personable then as well, can't we agree? I got calls from Tri Counties back then, when my type became scarce. So that is nothing new to me; why should I object? Not a reason to decline giving, for me.

The bloodmobile is not as comfortable as the old center, as the generator is always pumping hard, and the quarters are a bit tight, but the staff is so busy, they don't have time to jaw a lot--AND they are doing technical work which demands concentration. Most that I have dealt with every two months have a good sense of humor, but use it sparingly. S'OK with me.

The treats have gone downhill--I remember the glory days of Mrs Fields' day-olds being on the goodie plate. I take in home made treats when I can to share with staff and donors. I like to give at the local fire station, the ladies auxiliary brings in home baked treats, so I check the schedule on the website and give then.

It's all good in my book.


 COMMENT 513114 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 06:29 PM

I too was a constant donor at Tri-Counties on Laguna. I also set up a Blood Donors schedule for my large local industry, way back in the 80's. I was on the receiving end years ago in the 60's and was bound to give back. Just a bit shy of the weight requirement, i weighed my pockets down the first time I went in. I was found to have very good veins and was an excellent donor, so I was allowed to continue. Then I was asked to be a pheresis donor, and I could give the platelets. It took more time, of course. But I did not have to wait 56 days, and I could give, I think, every three days, if I was needed,.I wonder what happened to those credits.


 COMMENT 541267 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-01 06:36 AM

Anyone know where locally they will buy plasma? I am O negative, interested in selling mine 2 times a week if I can find a place locally that does it!


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