The Cambrian

Blood drive Sept. 19 at Sea Chest Restaurant in Cambria

The Sea Chest on Moonstone Drive, seen here in 2007, will host a blood drive Sept. 11, 2018.
The Sea Chest on Moonstone Drive, seen here in 2007, will host a blood drive Sept. 11, 2018.

Donate blood in Cambria from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, and you’ll get a free chowder meal and the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to save lives.

It’s the annual blood drive sponsored by the crew of the ocean-view Sea Chest Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 6216 Moonstone Beach Drive, and American Legion Post No. 432. Call Sea Chest manager Steve Kniffen at 805-927-3266 for details or a reservation.

The need for blood donations nationwide has been heightened by disasters from the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey and the predicted arrival in Florida of the Category 5 Hurricane Irma.

An Aug. 27 news release from the American Association of Blood Banks said, “Hurricane Harvey and its associated flooding are impacting the nation’s blood supply.”

The association’s task force urged capable donors across the country to make appointments at their local blood banks to donate now.

According to a Sept. 4 CNN report, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center desperately needs more than 2,000 units of blood, with the biggest need being for O positive and O negative.

In Cambria, each blood donor will be served Sea Chest chowder, salad, bread and soda. The restaurant’s sweeping ocean view is a bonus extra. The United Blood Services van will park in front of the restaurant.

A flier promoting the event says donating is “for a great cause … to save a life.”

Donors should eat a normal meal and drink lots of water before giving blood. Donations take about 30 to 45 minutes (mostly for paperwork). The actual blood-draw takes only about 10 minutes, after which state law requires that donors stay for observation for approximately15 minutes.

Some people cannot donate blood. Potential donors should be at least 16 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds. Those younger than 18 need a permission slip, and some additional height and weight requirements may apply.

For other requirements and advice, go to or call 543-4290, ext. 0.