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Published on November 01, 2010

Holiday blood drive to begin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

MONTEREY, Calif. — Busy schedules during the holiday season mean fewer people donate blood — at a time when the need is historically high.

To ensure that supply keeps up with demand, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is launching its annual Gift of Life blood drive on Nov. 13 at Del Monte Center. The holiday drive continues through the end of the year, with mobile blood drives and at the Blood Center in Monterey. More than 800 people took part last year, and the goal is to exceed that number this year.

"We encourage people to give as a gift to the community since all the blood we collect stays here," says Sharon Paddock, supervisor of Community Hospital's Blood Center. "It takes less than one hour of time to donate, but the results are priceless. One pint of blood can save up to three lives."

Donors who give during the Gift of Life campaign will receive a pocket calendar, be entered into drawings for prizes, and be recognized in newspaper advertising about the drive if they desire.

More information on donating, including dates and locations of mobile blood drives, is available online at www.chomp.org. The kick-off drive is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Del Monte Shopping Center, near the Century Theatre. Appointments to donate at the Blood Center may be scheduled by calling 625-4814, but drop-ins are welcome. Please call for hours.

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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 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

www.chomp.org