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By Liz Alper

February 23, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - There will be several blood drives in East County over the next couple of weeks.  Here is where to go if you wish to donate blood:

  • March 1, 2016:  Valhalla High School, 1725 Hillsdale Rd El Cajon, 92020 in the parking lot 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
  • March 3, 2016:  Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Drive San Diego, 92120 in the auditorium 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

On March 5, there are several locations hosting blood drives.  Alpine Community (2156 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, 91901) will host a blood drive in the Women's Club parking lot from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Albertson's in Ramona (1459 Main St Ramona, 92065) will host a blood drive in the parking lot from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  And lastly, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (8472 Blossom Lane Lemon Grove, 91945) will host a blood drive in the gymnasium from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Anyone 17 and older who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may qualify to give blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. All donors must show picture identification. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment when they donate. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-4MY-SDBB (469-7322) or visit

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