The Alameda Elks Lodge has lots of plans for January 10. First a community breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and then a blood drive from about 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. or later.
So far, 30 out of 57 donor slots for the blood drive have been reserved. That means the Elks need another 27 more donors – or more to reach their goal.
According to Ted Hommert, co-chair of the blood drive, the blood donations will go to Blood Centers of the Pacific. This organization, he says, has regularly partnered with the San Francisco Elks Lodge twice a year, collecting about 100 pints at each event.
The Alameda Elks Lodge is located at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue at Oak Street.
Donors will get more than just a hug and “thanks.”
Those registering online for the 57 slots get an invitation and free breakfast, a $50 Hornblower Yachts gift certificate and a raffle ticket for a 32-inch flatscreen TV.
To register, go to the Blood Centers of the Pacific website, click on “donate blood,” type in “alamedaelks” (one word), then click on the date or location to bring up the appointment schedule, and select a time to give.
Volunteers expect to stay at the lodge until 4 p.m., if enough volunteers drop in Sunday afternoon.
“We will stay an extra hour, so walk-in donors are just fine,” says Hommert.
Tickets for the breakfast are $8 and tips collected at the event are donated to charity. This weekend’s event should benefit the Alameda Elks’ scholarship fund.