Danville blood drive part of Bay Area-wide interfaith effort

Set for 12-6 p.m. Thursday at The Reutlinger

More than 25 Bay Area faith organizations are partnering with the American Red Cross this month, including this week in Danville, to collect much-needed blood donations in what is the largest single blood collection effort for the Northern California Blood Services Region.

The Interfaith Community Blood Drive, comprised of nearly four-dozen individual drives, aims to collect more than 1,700 blood donations this month, which is traditionally a time of year when the supply of donated blood struggles to meet the demand, according to the Red Cross.

"The Interfaith Community Blood Drive has cemented its integral role in supporting the local blood supply during the summer months when the number of blood donations tends to drop," said Neil Tosuntikool, donor recruitment director of the Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region.

"Giving blood at one of the Interfaith Community Blood Drives locations will help ensure a sufficient supply of blood is available this summer," he added.

The annual interfaith effort, now in its sixth year, has collected more than 11,000 pints of blood since its inception.

The Danville drive is set for Thursday from 12-6 p.m. at The Reutlinger Community Center, 4000 Camino Tassajara.

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