MARCH 28, 2020

Joe Lopez
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YORBA LINDA — The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will be the site of four blood drives in the next three weeks to meet the urgent demand for blood donations amid the Coronavirus outbreak across the United States. The blood drives are being coordinated by the American Red Cross and LifeStream Blood Bank, in partnership with the Richard Nixon Foundation.

The blood drives are sponsored by the Government of Qatar as a tribute to the American people and alliance between the two countries.

The Nixon Library is the first presidential library in the country to organize new blood drives since Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ urgent call for Americans to give blood during his remarks at the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on March 19.

The Surgeon General commended the Nixon Library’s efforts while speaking on The Hugh Hewitt Show on March 24, saying, “you literally have saved lives by doing that. One blood donation can save up to three people, and it’s something positive we can do mentally while we’re at home and feeling isolated.”

The dates and times are as follows, all at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA:

March 30, 8am-2pm
LifeStream Blood Bank – sign up here

March 31, 8am-2pm
LifeStream Blood Bank – sign up here

April 2, 10am-5pm
American Red Cross – sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary

April 16, 10am-5pm
American Red Cross – sign up here, Sponsor Code: NixonLibrary

“Strong local responses —Americans helping Americans— will save lives as we combat the Coronavirus,” Nixon Foundation President and CEO Hugh Hewitt said. “I’m proud that our partners in this effort rose to this occasion so quickly, and it certainly speaks volumes that a foreign country so values the people of the United States that it is willing to provide opportunities for Americans to support other Americans in need.”

Diplomatic relations between the United States and Qatar were established during the Nixon administration in 1972. According to the U.S. Department of State, “Bilateral relations are strong, with the United States and Qatar coordinating closely on a wide range of regional and global issues.” The United States is Qatar’s largest foreign direct investor.

As an essential health care service, blood donations are exempt from the Governor of California’s statewide stay-at-home order. Donors who are able to are encouraged to give blood at this extreme time of need.

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