Lifeguards respond to blood shortage

The Newport Beach lifeguards will hold the 25th annual Summer Blood Drive on Wednesday at the base of Newport Pier.

Although the lifeguards have already held one blood drive this summer, due to a severe shortage reported by the American Red Cross, they will be at it again.

Every year, the lifeguards provide as much as 200 units of blood, which can save up to 500 people in need of transfusions.

From 1 to 7 p.m., locals can head to the Newport Beach lifeguard headquarters at the beginning of the pier off 21st street on the Balboa Peninsula. There are 100 spots for donors for the six-hour day, so those interested must sign up soon.

"Newport Beach lifeguards hope to utilize this event to not only save lives on the beach but also save lives by donated blood to this important cause," the Newport Beach Fire Department said in a statement.

To sign up, call the Newport Beach Fire Department at (949) 644-3178 or (949) 644-3046.

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