Remedy Holistic Pharmacy and the Little Italy Association will be hosting it’s first-ever neighborhood Blood Drive on April 16 and invites San Diegans to participate. 

The blood drive will be held in front of Remedy Holistic Pharmacy from 10 A.M. through 4 P.M. at 320 W. Cedar St, Ste. 103, San Diego, CA 92101, appointments can be made online here

Donors are encouraged to sign up for their appointments beforehand and will be entered to win Remedy Holistic Pharmacy gift bags including prizes from Pappalecco, Queenstown Public House, Brazilia Skin Care & Spa, and Black Market Barbershop. Participants will receive a mini cannoli from Nonna + Zucchero to get that blood sugar up after donating.

“San Diego County is in a critical blood shortage fueled by a decrease in donations and an increase in delayed medical procedures due to COVID”, said April Segal PharmD, BCPS, APh, Owner of Remedy Holistic Pharmacy. “We wanted to do our part to make it easy for the residents of Little Italy to donate and give back. With a great turnout this time, we hope to make this a regular event!”.

This event will be the Association’s second partnership with Remedy Holistic Pharmacy after last year’s COVID-19 Vaccine clinic held at Amici Park. 

“When Remedy Holistic Pharmacy approached us regarding this event, we knew we wanted to rally our community to come together and support them and this amazing the cause”, said Chris Gomez, District Manager of the Little Italy Association. “Our neighborhood was built on resilience and overcoming obstacles together, and now we want to do the same, but for the greater good.”

The Red Cross has a goal of 18 units, and both Remedy Holistic Pharmacy and the Little Italy Association aim to exceed that goal.

This event comes as the American Red Cross declared the worst national blood crisis in over a decade, which poses a potential risk for patient care. The Red Cross, which supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, has had to limit blood product distributions to hospitals as a result of the shortage. Since March 2020, the overall blood donation declined about 10 percent. 

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