Blood donation updates

American Red Cross blood shortage
The American Red Cross is currently facing a historic blood shortage. You can help by participating in Claremont Sunrise Rotary’s blood drive, with and in support of Huntington Memorial Hospital of Pasadena. The blood drive will take place on Saturday, January 29.

“We all know how stressed our health care system has been for the last two years and now there is an opportunity to help out in a small way,” Claremont resident Roger Luebs wrote in an email.

The Claremont nonprofit will host the community blood drive at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 830 W. Bonita Ave. between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Donors can schedule an appointment by calling or texting Sunrise Rotary’s Cindy Rainey at (626) 485-7270. A limited number of walk-ins will be admitted due to the severity of the shortage. Donors will receive a gift card to Baskin Robbins, and a taco truck will be onsite from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors are reminded to bring their driver’s license and vaccination card with them to the donation site. If you can’t make it to this donation, visit to view same-day or upcoming drives sponsored by the American Red Cross.

Krispy Kreme sweetens blood donor deal
Recognizing how severe the world’s blood shortage is, Krispy Kreme is offering a sweet deal for anyone who donates blood between January 24 and 31. Simply show proof of your donation to a Krispy Kreme employee to receive a box of a dozen original glazed donuts for free, no purchase necessary.

“It’s our way of helping the American Red Cross increase awareness of this urgent need and saying ‘thanks’ to those who step up to help their community,” Krispy Kreme’s website said.

The blood donation can be made anywhere and does not have to be sponsored by the American Red Cross for participants to claim their free donuts. However, residents will still need to show proof of donation.

The offer is limited to a single box of donuts during the seven-day long special. To check blood donation eligibility requirements, visit

Participating Krispy Kreme locations near Claremont include San Dimas, 1024 W. Gladstone St.; Ontario, 4485 Mills Circle; and City of Industry, 1548 Azusa Ave.

For more information and store locations, visit


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