Blistering weather conditions July 6-8 contributed to a decrease in anticipated community blood collection throughout the Southern California region, making it extremely challenging to meet patient need unless the local community can rally to assist.

LifeStream blood bank, supplier of blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals, urges healthy residents give the gift of life at this critical time; all locations are open 7 days per week as follows:

San Bernardino, 384 W. Orange Show Road: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Riverside, 4006 Van Buren Blvd.: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ontario, 1959 Fourth St.: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Victorville, 12520 Business Center Drive, Bldg. G: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

La Quinta, 79-215 Corporate Center Drive: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

During the intense, three-day heat wave, LifeStream was forced to take several “bloodmobiles” out of service due to weather-related issues, and cancelled several mobile drives. Also, a number of donors, citing the oppressive heat, canceled appointments at both LifeStream fixed-site centers and mobile blood drives.

As surgeries, cancer treatments, women giving birth and other needs for blood do not take holidays, summer already is the most difficult time of year to match community blood supply with need. The recent spike in temperatures added to that burden.

For more information and to set an appointment, call 800-879-4484 or visit LStream.org.

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