Staff Report

Donors at a blood drive hosted by the Vikings of Solvang from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall will receive a $25 voucher for dinner at a participating local restaurant.

 “The Vikings rely on the generous people in the Santa Ynez Valley for a successful blood drive,” said Dave Bemis, this year’s Viking chief. “Our goal is to collect at least 100 pints of blood, and the free dinner is our way to thank you for your support — and for your donation of blood for those who need it.”

Walk-in donors are welcome, but United Blood Services (UBS) asks that donors make an appointment in advance, if possible, at or by calling 805-543-4290.

Donors must be 18 or older. They are asked to eat and drink plenty of water before arriving, and to bring photo identification. For more information call the Vikings blood drive chairman, Max Hanberg, at 805-688-6012.

The Vikings of Solvang are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides help for the medically related needs of qualified people and organizations in Santa Barbara County, with a goal of improving people’s quality of life.

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