Faith groups throughout the Bay Area have been teaming with the American Red Cross to help maintain the community blood supply during the summer months.
This July, more than 10 different faith-based groups have been participating in the fifth annual Interfaith Community Blood Drive with 60 blood drive held at places of worship throughout the Bay Area, stretching from Antioch down to Salinas.
However, the Red Cross still needs more than 2,200 pints of blood to reach its July goal.
"July is traditionally a difficult month to collect blood because schools are out of session and many people are on vacation," said Sara O'Brien, communications manager for the Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. "Patients don't get a summer holiday or vacation from needing blood though."
The Interfaith Community Blood Drive is the largest single blood drive in the history of the Red Cross' Northern California region, collecting a total of 9,462 pints of blood in its first four years.
Blood drives scheduled in Pleasanton churches in the last few days of July are:
2-8 p.m. tomorrow, July 30: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6100 Paseo Santa Cruz, Pleasanton
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, July 31: St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4005 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton.