American Red Cross & Pechanga Team Up to Help Fill Worst Blood Shortage in 10 Years

TEMECULA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2022) – Pechanga Resort and Casino is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive on Tuesday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pechanga Summit Events Center. The aim is to ensure patients have blood products available for emergency and everyday medical care. The blood drive comes at a time when the Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade due to a number of factors including a 10% decline in the number of people donating blood since the pandemic began and ongoing blood drive cancellations. Donors who come to give blood also receive thank you incentives for giving such as gas cards, meal certificates, reusable drink cups, raffle entries and more.

The public and Pechanga Team Members are invited to be community heroes and donate blood safely, securely and socially distanced in the Pechanga Grand Ballroom. Red Cross collections technicians will stand ready to assist donors with their life-impacting gift. To sign up, visit Pechanga.com/community-giving or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) with sponsor code Pechanga.

The Red Cross and Pechanga hope for more than 100 donors to step up and give the gift of life on March 1. One blood donation can help save up to three lives. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery.

October 20, 2011. Findlay, Ohio. Angela Blair donating blood. Photo by Jason Colston/American Red Cross

“We thank Pechanga Resort and Casino for hosting a blood drive at a critical time and helping ensure accident victims, cancer patients and others experiencing complications have access to vitally needed blood product transfusions without delay,” said Dharma Nichols, Red Cross Biomedical Services District Manager. “Blood cannot be manufactured or stockpiled and can only be made available through the kindness of volunteer donors in our community sharing their good health.”

As a thank you, those who come to give blood in March will score a $10 Fanatics e-gift card. Plus, they’ll also automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2022 MLB® All-Star Game® in Los Angeles, California. See rcblood.org/team for details.

Pechanga also provides each donor who comes to give blood with a $25 Gas Card from the Pechanga Gas Station, Pechanga reusable drink tumblers, entry into raffles for sporting events at Pechanga Arena San Diego and concerts at Pechanga Resort Casino, and a certificate for a free spaghetti meal courtesy of Papa’s Pizza on Pechanga Parkway.*

*Giveaways are not redeemable for cash.