Residents who want to donate blood can participate in the LifeStream community blood drive at Bear Valley Community Hospital Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bear Valley Community Hospital is at 41870 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake.
Healthy individuals at least 15 years old may donate blood. Everyone younger than 18 must provide LifeStream with written parental consent. Consent forms are available at any donor center, community blood drive or on the LifeStream website. Donors receive free cholesterol screenings and Gift of Life donor loyalty points that may be redeemed in the online store at
All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For more information, call 800-879-4484, ext. 458.