Staff report

Donors at a blood drive hosted by the Vikings of Solvang on March 22 will receive a $25 voucher for dinner at a participating local restaurant.

The event, coordinated through United Blood Services (UBS) of the Central Coast, will take place from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall.

“The Vikings rely on the generous people in the Santa Ynez Valley for a successful blood drive,” said Rene Martinez, 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 UBS asks that donors make an appointment in advance, if possible, by calling 800-715-3699 or registering online at

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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