• Best gifts in life are free: Give blood during holiday campaign

Published on November 11, 2009

Best gifts in life are free: Give blood during holiday campaign  


Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

November 11, 2009

MONTEREY, Calif. - This holiday season give the greatest gift for free: Donate blood in honor of someone you love and let them know that the gift you gave in their name can save a life.

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is kicking off its annual holiday blood drive by encouraging community members to consider making a blood donation as a gift. Donors who would like to give blood in someone's name or memory will be given a card to send to the honoree or their family.

"Economic conditions are challenging for many people," says Sharon Paddock, supervisor of the Blood Center. "This is an opportunity for people to give a gift that costs only their time but can make an immeasurable difference to someone else."

The holiday campaign continues through the end of the year. In 2008, the Blood Center's "gift of life" campaign collected 851 pints of blood - exceeding the goal of 700 pints.

"We hope to do even better this year," says Paddock. "Donations are typically down during the holiday season because people are busy. But the need for blood never slows. Our community uses approximately 7,200 pints of blood annually, meaning we need an average of 20 donations every day of the year."

During the holiday blood drive, the Blood Center will give away pocket calendars for the new year and have drawings for prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants and movies. Donors will also be invited to write a message about the reason for their donation, for possible publication during the campaign.

The easiest way to donate blood is by calling 625-4814 to make an appointment. Drop-ins are also welcome. The Blood Center is at the Hartnell Professional Center, 576 Hartnell Street, Suite 100, across from the post office in Monterey. More information about blood donations, including a schedule of our mobile blood drives, is available at

Here are some upcoming drives:

Central Coast Fly Fishing, Valley Hills Shopping Center

Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

7172 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley

Del Monte Center

Saturday, November 21, 12 a.m.-4 p.m.

Near Century Theatres, Del Monte Center, Monterey

Carmel Valley Athletic Club

Monday, November 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

27300 Rancho San Carlos Rd., Carmel

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through 15 locations, including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at