19 JUNE 2014
It's back for the 38th year - the chance to share your valuable nerd blood with the world at the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive.
How easy is it to participate? Incredibly easy. You can schedule an appointment at whatever time works best for you (this year it's at the Hyatt), roll on over and complete the whole thing in under an hour in most cases. Like most blood drives, they'll ask you to fill out a form to make sure you're eligible, take your blood pressure, then hook you up to donate, which doesn't take long at all. After that you get juice and cookies, and then you leave with a True Blood swag bag that includes water bottles, t-shirts, bracelets and other gifts. You also get entered into drawings to win a variety of prizes.
You can register online or onsite:
Online: You can schedule an appointment for Thursday-Sunday here.
Onsite: go to the Blood Drive booth near the freebie table in the Sails Pavilion. First-timers, you will see this as soon as you pick up your badge.
Not sure if you're eligible? You can check the general requirements, but San Diego Blood Bank will have health professionals there at the drive who will privately discuss your history and eligibility with you to make a determination. Interesting fact if you're Latino: San Diego is in special need of Latino donors for these reasons.
Please consider doing this - every year we save a lot of lives with our donations. Last year we donated 1497 pints of blood. Consider that each pint can save up to 3 lives, and you realize just what an impact Comic-Con attendees can make each summer.