VFW Hosts Local Blood Drive

PHOTO: I.I. Cabrera - NewsPlus

A COMMUNITY GIVING: The VFW Post in Phelan hosted a blood drive to help replenish the county's diminishing stock. COVID has made it difficult to keep up with demand as folks aren't risking stepping out to give blood.

On Tuesday, February 23, the Phelan VFW hosted a blood drive that resulted in 19 units of blood donated to LifeStream Blood Bank. 

LifeStream Blood Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides blood to over 80 hospitals in southern California.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, blood reserves are running low, and the possible donors’ pool is shrinking.

Arthur Beers worked at the blood drive for LifeStream and drove the retrofitted recreational vehicle that goes out to heavy foot traffic locations to collect blood.  He says that the blood collected will stay in southern California “to save lives.”  Possible donors are screened through a series of questions and checked for signs and symptoms of the Covid-19 virus.  “If you’re feeling well and healthy, we encourage you to come out and donate.” 

LifeStream Blood Bank aims to collect 500 units of blood daily to be able to meet the demand.  Businesses can sign-up to host a blood drive by visiting their website.

“We’re here to try and get people to come in and donate,” says Beers. “People that aren’t as fortunate, they’re in the hospitals (and) they need a continuous supply of blood to save their life.”

If You Liked This Article...

NewsPlus Weekly Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates In Your Inbox

News • Events • People • History • Plus

Established in 1998, Tri-Community NewsPlus provides Phelan, Pinon Hills & Wrightwood with local, trustworthy, verified news, events, and information at 4newsplus.com and in print with NewsPlus Monthly.

Air Quality Index

NewsPlus Weekly


Get The NewsPlus Weekly Newsletter, Every Thursday Afternoon

The week's news and upcoming events
in your inbox every Thursday afternoon from
Tri-Community NewsPlus.


Read The Latest Print Edition Of
Tri-Community NewsPlus Monthly


Get NewsPlus Weekly emailed directly to your inbox. Stay current with what's happening in the Tri-Community with a summary of the weeks news and events..


Tri-Community NewsPlus

Sign-Up For NewsPlus Weekly In Your Inbox!


Well Done,
You Did It!

What’s Next?

Check your inbox for a confirmation email and click the button to complete your registration.  We do this to prevent spam from unwanted spam robots!

Group Signup Form

  1. Pleases fill out this form to submit your request to participate.
  2. Be sure to review the schedule first and pick a desired date and an alternate date should your desired date be taken.
  3. Check the “Yes” box if you would like to schedule a second date.
  4. We will contact you shortly after we receive your submission to verify your request and go over details.