Palisades Blood Drive on August 10

The second annual community-wide blood drive hosted by Amalfi Estates and the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce will take place from noon to 6 p.m.on Wednesday, August 10, at the Palisades Library community room, 861 Alma Real.

Last year, Amalfi hoped to reach 37 donors, but only 26 people were able to give blood. “This year our target is 37 to 50,” said Jade Devot’e, executive assistant. “We’d really like to reach 50.”

Amalfi Estates owner Anthony Marguleas and assistant Sarah Knauer organized the first event last August.

(Front) K.C. Cord, 22, and her sister Lexi, 20, were two of 30 people who donated blood during last year’s Community Blood Drive. Photo: Sue Pascoe

(Front) K.C. Cord, 22, and her sister Lexi, 20, were two of 30 people who donated blood during last year’s Community Blood Drive. Photo: Sue Pascoe

“Sarah came up with the idea because she has given blood every year since she has been eligible—and she also has given platelets,” Marguleas said. “She helped organize blood drives during high school and gave platelets to a friend’s uncle who had cancer.”

Marguleas, a Pacific Palisades resident, also had cancer as a young adult and needed blood. “In college I helped organize blood drives as well,” he said. “It is one of the truly selfless things one can do and directly save lives.”

According to the American Red Cross, a person donating blood could save three lives.

“Giving blood is very easy to do and has the biggest impact in making a difference in the world,” Marguleas said. “To be able to save a life is truly the best gift one can give.”

Anyone donating will receive free ice cream from the King Kone truck that will be parked in the library parking lot.

Sign-up at redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Palisades.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *