As a region and nation we continue to struggle with the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this most recent spike from the Omicron variant our local hospitals have continued to be majorly impacted. A request we have received is to encourage our business community to provide information to their employees and customers about the dire need for blood donations.  We encourage those with the ability to, please donate blood to help other members of our community during this difficult time. Here is a statement from California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly: “While the need for blood is constant, California, along with the rest of the nation, is experiencing the most severe blood shortage in the last ten years. “Fortunately, there is hope in ending this blood emergency with a simple act of kindness many of us can take as individuals – blood donation. “Donating blood is not only essential to ensuring the health of our communities, it is truly a lifesaving resource for those who need it most, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. “This January, which happens to be National Blood Donor Month, I encourage you to make an appointment to donate if you can and are eligible. The process is quick, safe and easy, and your donation will ensure this lifesaving resource is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. “By donating blood, you are helping to save lives. Make an appointment today.” For more information about donating blood, visit California Volunteers, and to find a donation site near you, visit the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies. Please be sure to support our member organization, and to donate blood at the San Diego Blood Bank.