COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Give blood, give shelter

Stanford Blood Center participating in shelter benefit this week

Donors who go to Stanford Blood Center this week can give more than blood -- for every two donors, the center will contribute money to Hotel de Zink, enough to provide one bed at the homeless shelter for one night.

The blood center's Palo Alto and Mountain View locations are participating in the shelter benefit, running Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 22-24. The locations are: 3373 Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto; 780 Welch Road, Suite 100, in Palo Alto; and 515 South Drive, Suite 20, in Mountain View.

While the Stanford Blood Center usually offers donors T-shirts or other gifts, said spokeswoman Michelle Hyndman, during those three days the center will donate $20 for every two donors to InnVision's Hotel de Zink.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Stanford Blood Center blood donors to double their donation," she said.

Hotel de Zink is a 15-bed emergency shelter that rotates locations and is hosted by congregations in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Families or individuals are referred through InnVision's Opportunity Services Center.

"As Hotel de Zink struggles to keep its doors open, our partnership with Stanford Blood Center provides much-needed financial support and will hopefully create more visibility for the program in our community," said Philip Dah, director of Peninsula programs at InnVision.

Donors should be in good health with no cold or flu symptoms. Call (888) 723-7831 or go to

Andrea Gemmet

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