Donors can give blood, get chowder

12th annual Sea Chest event started in wake in 9/11 attacks

ktanner@thetribunenews.comSeptember 5, 2013 

Beth, with United Blood Services, takes blood from Doug Rice in 2010 at an Atascadero Elks Lodge Blood Drive. The UBS van will be at the Sea Chest restaurant in Cambria Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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Every September, North Coast blood donors give “the gift of life” in Cambria and receive a free meal of chowder, salad, bread and soda.

This year’s 12th annual donation drive at the Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The United Blood Services blood-donation van will be set up in front of the restaurant at 6216 Moonstone Beach Drive. Volunteers from Sons of the American Legion and legion Post No. 432 help with the event.

Blood donations help save lives. The Sea Chest’s annual drive is designed to boost the county’s blood supplies, which tend to be lower after summer and the Labor Day holiday.  For details or an optional reservation, call organizer Steve Kniffen at 927-3266.

Donations take about 45 minutes (mostly for paperwork). The actual blood-draw takes only five to eight minutes, after which the donors are observed for about 15 minutes.

Some people cannot donate blood. Potential donors should be at least 16 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds. Those under 18 need a permission slip. Donors should eat a normal meal within six hours of giving blood. For details, go to www.unitedbloodservices.org.

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