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A Little Red, White and Blue

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As the Independence Day holiday approaches—known as much for firearm and recreational sporting injuries as for the camping and partying over the long holiday weekend—the Red Cross is warning that the blood supply in Southern California is critically low. This is a warning we've all heard before, but for some blood types (such as O-, O+ and B+), there is not enough blood in reserve to last the rest of the day, and perhaps not even through the evening. The Southern California Red Cross lists their current blood supply as follows:

2.5% of O+
0.4% of O-
3.8% of A+
3.7% of A-
1.9% of B+
8.1% of B-
15.2% of AB+
8.1% of AB-

So, whether or not you plan to do something for your country for July 4th, we'd like to suggest that you do something for your fellow Americans and give blood. You may black out, you may turn white (or green), you may feel a little woozy, but you'll be giving someone else the chance to enjoy the fireworks this weekend.

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To do your part to ensure the supply of life-saving liquid before you skip town this weekend, make an appointment to show up at one of the mobile blood drives listed below, or visit to find a blood drive near you.

Tuesday, June 28

Inglewood: 7:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Daniel Freeman Memorial Hostpital (333 N. Prarie Avenue)

Santa Monica: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Santa Monica College (1900 Pico Boulevard)

Los Angeles: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
United Teachers Los Angeles (3303 Wilshire Boulevard)

Wednesday, June 29

Norwalk: 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Verizon Norwalk (12501 E. Imperial Highway)

Valencia: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wahoo's (24230 Valencia Boulevard)

Thursday, June 30

Cypress: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
American Legion (5646 Corporate Avenue)

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East Rancho Dominguez: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LA County South Complex (17600 Santa Fe Avenue)

Artesia: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Auto Club of Southern California (18642 S. Gridley Road)

Fullerton: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
1144 Rosecrans Avenue

Long Beach: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3150 East 29th Street

Pasadena: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
133 North Altadena Drive, Suite 103

Torrance: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2814 Sepulveda Boulevard

Westwood: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
11355 Ohio Avenue

Granada Hills: 12:15 PM - 6:15 PM
The Pavillion (11128 Balboa Boulevard)

Burbank: 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American Red Cross (1001 W. Magnolia Boulevard)

La Puente: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Delhaven Christian Church (15302 Francisquito Avenue)

Valencia: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American Red Cross (23152 1/2 Valencia Boulevard)

Friday, July 1

Irwindale: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM
SCE Federal Credit Union (3810 Dubrin Street)

Fullerton: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1144 Rosecrans Avenue

Long Beach: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3150 East 29th Street

Pasadena: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
133 North Altadena Drive, Suite 103

Alhambra: 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Alhambra Masonic Lodge (9 W. Woodward)

Downey: 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Downey Masonic Lodge (8244 E. 3rd Street)

Bellflower: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Masonic Temple Association (9813 Beach Street)

Whittier: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
American Red Cross (6706 S. Friends Avenue)

North Hollywood: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Valley Martial Arts (5638 Lankershim Boulevard)