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Where to Donate in Wake of San Bruno Disaster

American Red Cross and other organizations have issued an urgent call for blood for victims in the San Bruno explosion. The Salvation Army is also collecting monetary donations.

An urgent appeal has been issued to people throughout the Bay Area to donate blood and monetary contributions to help those affected by Thursday's explosion and fire in San Bruno. 

Both the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region and the Blood Center of the Pacific will move supplies to the hospitals treating injured patients.

Your donations will also help maintain the Bay Area blood supply, said American Red Cross spokesman Jared Schultzman. Any blood used to treat the San Bruno victims will need to be replenished immediately.

Donations of Type O negative blood is especially helpful because it can be given to anyone in an emergency, Schultzman said.

The Salvation Army is also accepting monetary donations to help provide aid and counseling to displaced families. According to the group's site, 100 percent of all donations made specifically to the San Bruno Fire Disaster Relief Fund will go to help those directly affected.

The natural gas-line explosion and fire has left at least four people dead and 52 injured. Officials say a total of 250 residences are impacted.

You can visit the Red Cross website for information about donating or call 800-REDCROSS (733-2767). Here are East Bay American Red Cross centers to donate blood:

Pleasant Hill Blood Donation Center
140 Gregory Lane, Suite 120
925-602-1460

Pleasanton Donation Center
5556-B Springdale Avenue
925-468-1800

Oakland Donor Center
6230 Claremont AvenueOakland, CA 94618
510-594-5131

Newark Donor Center
Cedar Village Shopping Plaza
39227 Cedar Blvd.
(510) 744-3860

 Giving to the Salvation Army:

Be sure to designate your donations to "San Bruno Fire."

ONLINE: click here for a link to a donation portal

PHONE: 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769)

MAIL: The Salvation Army, PO Box 80066, Prescott, AZ. 86304-8066

Marnette Federis contributed to this report.

Jennifer Wadsworth September 10, 2010 at 09:37 PM
Just heard from Judy Silvestre, a Patch reader, on FB: "A Red Cross Blood Donation Bus is set up in the Post Office Parking lot off of Alcosta today. News said that ARC is requesting O Negative blood type, but they are also accepting all other blood types as well. Appointments recommended, but drop in's were OK when we stopped in this morning."

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