Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with Vitalant and Earl Warren Showgrounds to host a blood drive at Earl’s Place at the Showgrounds on Tuesday, January 26 from 11:00pm- 3:00pm. Appointments are requested to help maintain social distancing. Schedule yours today at using the sponsor code 1493 or Link to signup to donate. You may also register by phone at 805-542-8500.

Every week, Vitalant must collect about 350 blood donations at blood drives to meet the needs of our community. We invite all eligible individuals to join us in supporting this vital work. Additionally, Vitalant currently tests successful donations for COVID-19 antibodies to help find donors who could help COVID-19 patients by donating convalescent plasma. Learn more at

Donors should bring a photo I.D, eat well and drink plenty of water prior to donating blood. Donors must be 16 years old and there is no upper age limit. 16 year olds must bring a signed Vitalant parental consent form found online at Eligibility Questions? Please call 877-258-4825.

To ensure everyone’s safety in these trying times, Vitalant requires all donors to wear a face covering while in our facility. One-way valve masks are prohibited. Please bring your own cloth-based face covering in order to donate blood. We understand that some individuals may not be able to wear a face covering and ask that you postpone your donation until we no longer have this safety requirement.

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a-1611534413 Jan 24, 2021 04:26 PM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

How many of us who would don't feel comfortable enough to do so?
I finally weigh enough to donate, but don't feel comfortable making this my first community outing, at this time.
Would or will you donate blood?

Bene Jan 24, 2021 06:54 PM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

They say to wear a "cloth based face covering?" Just when the public is now starting to get more and more information about how little cloth coverings work compared to N95's? Now that Lufthansa and other airlines are requiring N95's to fly? How hard would it have been to ramp up manufacture of N95 or better face coverings for all citizens? No thanks, I 'll donate blood only when everyone else there from staff to other donors are properly PPE'd.

SBTownie Jan 24, 2021 08:09 PM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

I agree. A huge gap in the face covering thing that could help all of us avoid lockdown is that half of everyone is wearing "fashion masks" that do almost nothing.

PitMix Jan 25, 2021 07:21 AM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

If you think that an N95 is going to greatly decrease your chances of getting it, then I assume you are also wearing full PPE including protective eyewear because the virus can also get into your body through your eyes, right? Mostly I have read that a mask stops you from sneezing or coughing it if you are infected and silly enough to be going out and spreading it to other people. In which case a cloth mask probably does a decent job. People are resistant to wearing comfortable cloth masks, what makes you think they are going to be willing to wear an uncomfortable N95 for extended periods unless it is to go on vacation to Fiji?

Bene Jan 26, 2021 03:32 AM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

Sounds like you're really invested in the idea of cloth masks "doing the job." Your comment has nothing to do with my comment which speaks to the increasing light being shed upon the shortcomings of the kind of cloth masks most people wear--and cloth masks in general. If you are interested in the topic, there are multiple studies and new stories out there currently on this. The fact that Lufthansa and other entities are now banning cloth masks speaks to the point I am making.

Bene Jan 26, 2021 07:09 AM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

I am not aware that Lufthansa and other entities that are now considering cloth masks unacceptable and are requiring n95 masks are also requiring protective eyewear. Can you guess why that might be? Clearly, people don't shoot virus out of their eyes, so if everyone is appropriately muzzling their virus spewing nose and mouth holes, protective eyewear is no longer such a priority now is it?

PitMix Jan 25, 2021 07:30 AM
Community Blood Drive at Earl Warren Showgrounds

Looked up Vitalant's 990 info. Latest available says they are a big $550 million corporation like most of these blood companies. A little less than 1/2 of that goes to paying their employees with generous salaries for the upper management. Last time I looked, they could makes as much as $600/pint of your blood. Probably if you are donating convalescent plasma, that number is much higher. And all of this starts with your generous donation of your blood to help your fellow citizens.

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