The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Kiwanis Club Hall, 2515 Valley Drive.
The Drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross which since 1940, has been supplying approximately forty percent of the nation’s blood supply.
According to the Red Cross, more than 38,000 blood transfusions are needed every day, officials said.
"Blood cannot be manufactured, it must come from donors and be used within approximately 42 days of collection so the need is constant," said Kiwanis Blood Drive Committee Chairman Mickey McRae. "Further, the gratification is instant." he added.
The Red Cross makes blood available to any patient who needs it---patients are not required to find donors to replace the blood they use - a common practice in Europe and some U.S. blood banks.
"This is the eighth Blood Drive we worked on with the Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club. Each whole blood unit saves up to three lives," said Beach Cities Red Cross Donor Resources Development spokesperson Alice Lan.
"Eligibility requirements are only that a person must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. The process itself is simple; it only takes approximately 10 minutes and is completely safe."
A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded, officials said.
To make an appointment, click here and enter sponsor code: hermosakiwanis or contact Mickey McRae at 310-372-6939 or email@example.com.