Already Saving Lives

With help from staff, volunteers, donors and blood drive champions, NorthBay Healthcare’s April 26 Blood Drive at the VacaValley Wellness Center was deemed a solid success.

In the end, 48 whole blood donors and three Power Red donors provided 46 life-saving blood products.

“Of those who participated, 30 were first-time Vitalant blood donors, hopefully starting a new lifesaving habit,” said Heather Sharp, Vitalant donor recruitment representative. “Wow, that is an impressive number of first-time donors.”

The blood collected was likely on the shelves of a local hospital the next day, waiting to help a patient in need.

Blood collected could possibly return to one of NorthBay Healthcare’s two hospitals, right back where the donation was made.