Hoag Hospital is encouraging people to stop by its health center today to help save a life.
Blood donations will be taken from 12:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at Hoag Health Center, 510 Superior Ave., Suite 130. Those who donate blood or platelets will receive a free pizza lunch from Mario's in Newport Beach.
The American Red Cross reports every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, but only 5 percent of the eligible population donates blood each year. The blood type most often needed is Type O. The American Red Cross reports one donation can save up to three lives.
To make an appointment to donate, please call 949-764-5621, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.